Orchard apple Malus domestica/Malus pumila

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Orchard apple Malus domestica/Malus pumila © Ita McCobb

Orchard apple Latin name

Malus domestica/Malus pumila

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Malus domestica Common name

Orchard apple

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Orchard apple Plant family

Malus (Rosaceae) – varieties of deciduous trees grown for their cup-shaped flowers in shades of white, pink or red, foliage and edible fruits (apples including crab apples).

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Orchard apple Description

Category: Trees

Type: Deciduous

Form: Generally spreading

Height: Up to 15 metres

Spread: Up to 15 metres

Leaves: Oval, dark green leaves with serrated edges creating colourful Autumn foliage

Flowers/berries: Shallow, cup-shaped, white tinted pink flowers in mid Spring followed by edible fruits in late Summer

Normally grown for: Decorative flowers, foliage and fruit (apples)

Notes: Vulnerable to Fire-blight, scab, caterpillars, aphids, and red-spider mite.

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Orchard apple Planting preferences

Hardiness: Fully hardy

Soil type: Any but waterlogged soil

Planting situation: Full sun or semi-shade

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Orchard apple Uses

Container – Small varieties

Fruit

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