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Wealthy Apple tree

Owner: J

Location:  Parker, CO, United States

Age:Planted in about 1980
Age of this tree:47 years
Soil:Dense clay, amended with peat moss at time of planting (1981), highly alkaline 
Climate at this location:6000Ft elevation, Hardiness Zone 5, low rainfall with regular irrigation
Pruning:Tolerates prolonged neglect
Tree form:Bush (wider at top than bottom)
Height:Taller than 15ft / 4m
Cropping:Not specified
Growth:This tree grows easily here
Herbicides:Manual treatment (hoeing and weeding)
Local pests:Totally bug free, but squirrels love to harvest any produce

Owner's comments

Planted at 6000Ft in zone 5 hardiness zone. Was a container tree purchased from Wilmore garden center in Centennial in 1981. Probably the M111 rootstock, but not certain. Started about 5ft tall, now easily 30ft. Has survived -25F winters, and +100F summers, periods of both heavy rain and very dry. At this location this tree tends to bloom early, and frequently gets caught by the late Spring snow storms. As a result it is not a particularly consistent producer. Also, I let it go to shade tree years ago. I have gotten heavy apple crops off of it, so it could be a great cider apple producer if pruned properly. It also requires a different species to pollinate, and that seems to be hit or miss in this neighborhood. All in all, a great hardy tree that tolerates neglect.