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Malus domestica 'Worcester Pearmain' (D)
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apple 'Worcester Pearmain'

A dessert cultivar in pollination group 3, and a tip bearer. The fruit has an intense strawberry flavour when well-ripened and scarlet. Heavy, regular crops are produced and can be used from late September to October

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Size
Ultimate height
4–8 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
2.5–4 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 Red Yellow
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

South–facing or West–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

How to grow

Cultivation

It will crop best in a sunny situation. Tip bearing. The height will depend on the rootstock and training method. Keep a clear area around the trunk of at least 60cm radius. Fruit thinning may be required. For more details see apple cultivation

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
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Wildlife gardens
Pruning

Regular pruning required - see pruning apples; tip bearing

Pests

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

Diseases

Powdery mildews and apple scab can be a problem. Some susceptibility to apple canker. May be affected by blossom wilt and honey fungus

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