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Malus domestica 'Sunset' (D)
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  • RHS Plants for pollinators

apple 'Sunset'

'Sunset' is a compact dessert apple that can grow to 2.5-8m in height and width, depending on the rootstock. Pollination group 3, pale pink flowers are followed by fruit that can be used from October to December

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Size
Ultimate height
4–8 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
4–8 metres
Growing conditions
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Pink Green
Summer Green
Autumn Green Green Orange Red Yellow
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or North–facing or West–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H6
Botanical details
Family
Rosaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Bushy
Genus

Malus are small to medium-sized deciduous trees with showy flowers in spring and ornamental or edible fruit in autumn; some have good autumn foliage colour

Name status

Accepted

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How to grow

Cultivation

Compact plant, suitable for all training forms. Keep a clear area around the trunk of at least 60cm radius, apple cultivation. Thin fruit as required

Propagation

Propagate by chip budding or grafting onto a clonal rootstock for fruit. The rootstock used will largely determine the vigour of the tree

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Architectural
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Patio and container plants
  • Cottage and informal garden
Pruning

Regular pruning required - see apple pruning; spur bearing

Pests

Aphids, woolly aphid, rosy apple aphid, fruit tree red spider mite, mussel scale, codling moth and caterpillars are the main pests on edible apples

Diseases

Good resistance to disease including apple scab and powdery mildews. May be affected by apple canker, blossom wilt and honey fungus

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