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Gravenstein Apple tree

Owner: Cindy

Location:  Bonney Lake, WA, United States

Age:Planted in about 2003
Age of this tree:23 years
Climate at this location:Maritime Pacific Northwest
Tree form:Standard
Height:Between 6ft / 2m and 15ft / 4m
Cropping:Biennial cropping (alternate years)
Growth:This tree grows fairly well here
Herbicides:Manual treatment (hoeing and weeding)
Pesticides:Organic treatments
Local pests:Maggots, coddling moths

Owner's comments

Gravensteins usually grow in abundance here in the Puget Sound Region, but we're getting ready to replace this tree. It is extremely susceptible to disease, pests, no matter what method of control we use, and is NOT a keeper at all. It makes a great pie (and cider, applesauce, etc), but I like to mix a variety of apples when baking. This ripenes in mid August, much earlier than all our other apple trees, so I have to buy apples if I want a variety, since these won't keep until later in the fall.