Step out into your garden on a warm October’s morning and admire the most glorious orange and red skins of the large fruits splashed across the popular Apple Blenheim Orange tree. Be delighted by the sweet scent these apples provide as you pick from the reliable crop of large Apples that will appear in the spring.
The fruit of the Malus domestica ‘Blenheim Orange’ Apple is perfect for both eating straight from the tree, paired with a side of mature cheese or cooked down to a delicious purée or jam. Placed on a traditional ploughman’s platter or wine platter your guests will certainly be impressed. A nutty, sweet taste on the palate with a crumbly texture, this gem of the fruit world also keeps well, making sure you have some left over to create a decadent dessert.
First discovered in Oxford in 1740, this tree is offered as a rootstock MM106, semi-dwarfing, which is tolerant of a range of soils including grassed orchards and poor soils. This is the most widely used rootstock. Plant with a spacing of 4.5m between the rows for best results. When left unpruned it will reach heights of 4-5m in a 10-year period.
It is important to note that this tree will require another tree from the same or neighbouring flowering group to ensure pollination.
MM106 (Semi Dwarfing) are suitable for all forms except standards. The apple trees are tolerant to various soils like grass orchards and poor soils. Widely used rootstock, but not for small gardens. This tree will begin fruiting after three or four years with a ultimate height of between 3-4m.
M26 (Dwarfing) are good for spindlebush, espalier and ideal for containers. Typically starts fruiting after two or three years with an ultimate height of between 2.4-3m.
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