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Catshead Apple tree

Owner: Chris

Location:  Bridgend, BRIDGEND WALES, United Kingdom

Age:Planted in about 1900
Age of this tree:124 years
Soil:Loam - maiden paddock (Never ploughed in last 100 years) 
Climate at this location:Windy, reasonably damp - 500 feet altitude
Pruning:Have to cut back one sided growth
Tree form:Standard
Height:Taller than 15ft / 4m
Cropping:Medium crops
Growth:This tree grows easily here
Herbicides:Manual treatment (hoeing and weeding)
Pesticides:Organic treatments
Local pests:None seen recently

Season records for this tree

  • 2018

    Size: 5.5m / 18.3ft high   4.0m / 13.3ft wide
    Massive seasonal growth despite only having half a trunk that has been partly hollow for 25 years. Tree part of a very old orchard known to have been in situe for at least 50 years. Last years fruit averaged 3/4 lbs weight each.