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The Discovery apple tree produces an early season eating apple.
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.