Discovery Apple Trees

Key Data
Misc Pollinator, Spur Fruiting
Pollination Group Pollination Group C
Fruiting Early Fruiting
Type Eating

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SIZES 1-2 3-910-2425+
MAIDEN Plenty of Stock£18.95Plenty of Stock£17.95Plenty of Stock£16.95Plenty of Stock£15.95
BUSH Plenty of Stock£28.95Plenty of Stock£27.95Plenty of Stock£26.95Plenty of Stock£24.95
1/2 std Bareroot Plenty of Stock£31.75Plenty of Stock£30.75Plenty of Stock£29.75Plenty of Stock£28.75

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Discovery Apple Trees - Delivered by Mail Order from the Nursery with a 1 Year Guarantee

The Discovery apple tree produces an early season eating apple.

Browse our full range of apple trees or see the full variety of fruit trees for sale.


Characteristics of Discovery Trees:

  • Use: Eating. Sweet and crisp, with a fine flavour that has a touch of strawberry.
  • Partial Tip Bearer: suitable for cordons & espaliers, trained on wires.
  • Tree's growth habit: Average vigour. Upright / Compact / Spreading form.
  • Harvest: Mid to late August.
  • Store & ripen in a cool, dry place: Use within 2-3 weeks.


General description of Discovery:
Along with Beauty of Bath, this special apple is one of our favourite early cropping varieties. It has excellent texture and flavour: crisp, juicy and sweet. The taste is light, with a dash of fruity, strawberry like aromas and it is lovely when it is eaten from the fridge on a hot day. It is a pale yellow-green colour, ripening to red where the sun hits it.
Like most early season apples, Discovery doesn't store well, so we suggest that you estimate how many of them you'll eat in about 2 weeks and press the rest into juice to refrigerate or freeze.
The tree's compact size makes it ideal for smaller gardens. It is often slow to start its cropping life, but mature trees produce reliable yields.

All of our Discovery trees are grown on MM106 rootstocks, except for the cordons, which are grown on M9 rootstocks and bushes which are on M26..

Pollination Partners for Discovery:
Your trees are self sterile and their flowers must be pollinated to make fruit.
Discovery is in pollination Group C.
This means that they will cross-pollinate with other apple trees in pollination Groups B, C and D.
This tree's flowers have good frost resistance.

See our Guide to Apple Tree Pollination for a full list of partners & more tips about pollination.

Discovery Disease notes:
Disease resistance: Scab
Disease susceptibility: Can be prone to spider mite attack.

History & Parentage:
This tree was grown from a Worcester Pearmain apple by Mr Drummer, shortly after the Second World War. It was called Thurston August until J. Matthews began producing it in 1962. This fruit is often disappointing when you buy it in the shops because it isn't harvested at the optimum time and has a short shelf life.

How Apple Trees are Measured & Delivered:
Our fruit trees are delivered in up to 3 shapes and you can also buy selected apple trees as ready made cordons.
Maiden: This unbranched tree is the smallest starting size. You can train maidens into espaliers and cordons.
Cordon: Discovery trees are partial tip-bearers, so they are still suitable for cordons & espaliers.
Bush: This is a style of freestanding tree with a short trunk of about 60cms. It will grow to about 3 metres tall.
Half-Standard: This is a freestanding style that will grow into a full sized, "normal" apple tree, about 4 metres tall.

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