Adams Pearmain Apple Trees
- Eating: Crisp, sharp.
- Partial Tip bearer.
- Not self fertile.
- Pollination Group C.
- Crops in October. Stores till March.
Adam's Pearmain Apple Trees
Adam's Pearmain apple trees produce mid-season eating apples with a crisp and juicy texture. The flavour is on the dry sharp side, with a blend of subtly sweet, nutty flavours that go very well with cheese.
The juice has a nice pink tinge to it.
The yellow skin flushes with a deep, russet flecked red as they ripen and is quite tough.
The fruit hangs well on the branches until picked (this tree is also called Hanging Pearmain), and store well.
- Use: Eating. Dry, sharp flavour, crisp texture.
- Partial Tip Bearer: suitable for cordons & training on wires.
- Tree's growth habit: Average Vigour. Spreading but compact form.
- Harvest: Early-Mid October
- Store & ripen in a cool, dry place: Until March
All of our Adam's Pearmain trees are grown on MM106 rootstocks.
Pollination Partners for Adam's Pearmain:
Your trees are self sterile and their flowers must be pollinated to make fruit.
Adam's Pearmain is in pollination Group C.
This means that it 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.
Adam's Pearmain disease notes:
Disease resistance: Scab
Did You Know?
Introduced in 1826 by Mr R. Adams, the parentage is unknown. It's also called Norfolk Pippin: Pippin or Kernel often signify apples grown from an anonymous pip.
Because of their top-heavy shape, they are often stored upside down. Pearmain is a common name for apples with a slight pear shape.
How Apple Trees are Measured:
Our fruit trees are delivered in 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: Adams Pearmain trees are partial tip-bearers, so they are suitable for cordons and espaliers.
Bush: This is a style of freestanding tree with a short trunk of about 60cm. 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.
Notes on planting Adam's Pearmain trees:
All fruit trees like a rich soil with decent drainage, protection from the wind and plenty of sun. Apple trees like clay soil, as long as it is not prone to bad waterlogging.
This tree is suitable for organic growing in the more humid West and South of Britain, where scab and canker are more common. It is recommended for the North & Scotland because of its frost resistant flowers.
Prepare your site before planting:
Improving the soil in advance of planting your apple trees will help them establish quickly and be productive for years to come. After you have destroyed all the weeds and grass (use Neudorff WeedFree Plus weed-killer for tough weeds), you can dig the soil over. Remove any stones and rubbish and mix in well rotted compost or manure down to the depth of about 2 spades. You can do this on planting day, but when you do it weeks or months in advance, you will give the soil time to settle again.
Spacing Adam's Pearmain apple trees:
Freestanding bushes: 12-18 feet (4-6 metres) between trees and rows.
Freestanding half-standards: 18-30 feet (6-10 metres) between trees and rows.
In general, allow 1 more metre between rows than there is between each tree in the row.
Watch our video on how to plant a fruit tree for full instructions on planting a bush or half-standard sized tree.
If you are growing a maiden sized apple tree into a freestanding tree, a bamboo cane is enough support.
If you are growing a cordon or espalier, you will need to install training wires to support them.
Remember to water establishing apple trees during dry weather for at least a year after planting.
Apple Tree Planting Accessories:
For bush and half standard apple trees, our tree planting pack includes a wooden stake & rubber tie to support the tree and a biodegradable mulch mat with pegs, which protects the soil at the base of your tree from drying out and stops weeds from sprouting.
We recommend using mycorrhizal "friendly fungi" on the roots of all new trees, especially if your soil is poorly fertile.