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Apple Trees in Fruit and Blossom
Varieties suitable for Dundee

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Fruit Growing
 

Apple trees in blossom are a beautiful site in early May and give the promise of heavy crops to come.
John now has several apple trees in his garden, one Bramley cooking apple, and had one James Grieve, but it has not been very good so it has now been grafted with another three different varieties.

I love grafting fruit trees as it allows me to grow many varieties in a small space of garden. I now have Red Devil, Discovery and the Oslin also known as the Arbroath Pippin grafted onto my James Grieve.

I have recently planted three new apple trees suitable for the small Scottish garden. These are
Red Falstaff, Scrumptious and Fiesta.

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Apple trees in blossom
Red Falstaff apples in 2009

Apple Scrumptious is a bright red sweet dessert apple great for Scottish gardens.
Apple Red Falstaff above.
Apple Scrumptious opposite is an early variety very suited to Scottish growing conditions, producing sweet and juicy apples that are a very bright red colour.
Apple Fiesta
Apple Fiesta grows very well in Dundee
Apple Bramley
Apple Bramley is very hard to beat for a really good culinary apple for pies, crumble and stewed for dessert. It grows very well in Dundee but growth and fruiting need to be balanced through pruning.
Apple Discovery

Apple Discovery is perfect in Dundee where it grows very large with a brilliant red colour maturing in September.

This variety has been grafted onto a James Grieve tree that was quite disappointing so it has been changed to a family tree with Red Devil and the Arbroath Pippin also known as the Oslin.

Arbroath Pippin also known as the Oslin

The Arbroath Pippin also known as the Oslin is a very old variety of apple thought to have been introduced to Scotland from France about 400 years ago by the Cistercian monks at Arbroath Abbey.

It is very reliable even in a bad summer, producing good sized yellow apples with a distinct almost aromatic flavour. It is ready in August but needs eating within a month.
The tree can be prone to canker when old so practice some renewal pruning to keep a balance of young fruiting wood.