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Estivale Apple tree

Owner: Cheuk

Location:  Amsterdam, NOORD-HOLLAND, Netherlands

Age:Planted in about 2013
Age of this tree:13 years
Soil:Container: pure compost made from pine wood trees 
Climate at this location:zone 8b, lots of sun, mild sea climate, variable precipitation, this tree is planted in the south of The Netherlands.
Pruning:yes, good growth
Tree form:Half-standard
Height:Up to 6ft / 2m
Cropping:Heavy crops
Growth:This tree grows easily here
Herbicides:Manual treatment (hoeing and weeding)
Local pests:Birds, hornets, wasps

Owner's comments

This tree grows in a container of 50 litres. Soil is pure compost and the tree is fertilized with organic fertilizer. Growth is good, but could be better. It is better to grow this in the soil than in a container. It is a heavy bearer, so all energy goes into the fruits and growing has a kind of secondary priority. Nice apple, not too much taste on these, but is a very good early sweet, juicy apple. Excellent apple to eat in the summer.

Season records for this tree

  • 2017

    Spring blossom: 20 April
    Size: 1.5m / 5.0ft high   2.5m / 8.3ft wide
  • 2016

    Harvest: 3rd week August  2kg / 4lbs
    Size: 2.0m / 6.7ft high   
    Scab: Mild attack
    Nice and healthy tree. Grows well in a container with pure compost, but must be fertilized and watered. Sets lots of fruits, so this tree has to be thinned in order to get decent size fruits. There s not much flavour in this apple. Nice early apple variety. Supp. Got at first 2 kg of apples. Needs to be picked successionally. So more apples to come. This apple has the most perfect sweet/tart balance.