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Apple

Bright red fruit not typically available from retail stores

A late maturing apple which has a lovely sweet flavour. Small, deep red fruits are ideal for children and should be eaten as soon as possible once they are harvested. They look great hanging on the tree in autumn and this variety is a worthy addition to a border as well as the kitchen garden. 

Where?

Choose a sunny or partly shaded site which is sheltered from strong winds. If possible plant with other apple trees to help produce more fruit. 

How?

Dig a hole that is at least twice the size of the existing container and add well rotted manure to the soil. Don't forget to stake your tree until it has established.  

This variety was introduced in Canada in 1926 and is famed for its sweet, strawberry-like flavour

Plant details


In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental tree
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available January - December
Season of interest Spring, Autumn
Flowering May - May
Evergreen No
Plant height 200 cm - 400 cm
Plant width 200 cm - 300 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 200 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H6

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Clay, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Position the stake in the hole, on the side of the prevailing wind and drive it into the soil, to a depth of 60cm. The stake should be a third of the height of the tree, when planted. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole close to the stake, with the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Use two tree ties to secure the stem to the stake. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year. Check ties regularly and adjust them as the tree grows.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden, Patio container, City garden

Additional Information for Fruit, Veg and Bulbs

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Fruiting June - September
Cropping September - October

Typically available

From January to December