Court of Wick Apple Trees
- Eating: Sweet-sharp. Crisp, very juicy.
- Spur bearer (Good for cordons & espaliers)
- Not self fertile
- Pollination Group D
- Crops in Late September. Stores till December.
Court of Wick Apple Trees
The Court of Wick apple tree produces a mid to late season eating apple that juices well.
Characteristics of Court of Wick Trees:
- Use: Eating. Juicy and crisp, with a strong flavour.
- Spur Bearer: suitable for cordons & espaliers, trained on wires.
- Tree's growth habit: Strong vigour.
- Harvest: Late September.
- Store & ripen in a cool, dry place: Until December
General description of Court of Wick:
A small to medium sized fruit with a distinctly conical form, these apples have lovely yellow-gold skin, spattered with russet flecks. The pale yellow flesh is crisp and juicy with a heady mix of fruity aromas. It is ideal for making juice and it is a suitable choice for the sweet component of a blended cider brew.
The tree itself is fast growing and will become a really reliable cropper.
The fruit are ready to pick in early October, though they will hang on the tree for quite some time after that. They usually need at least a week of ripening off the tree to develop their best flavour.
All of our Court of Wick trees are grown on MM106 rootstocks.
Pollination Partners for Court of Wick:
Your trees are self sterile and their flowers must be pollinated to make fruit.
Court of Wick is in pollination Group D.
This means that they will cross-pollinate with other apple trees in pollination Groups C, D and E.
See our Guide to Apple Tree Pollination for a full list of partners & more tips about pollination.
Court of Wick Disease notes:
Disease resistance: Scab, Canker (both strong).
History & Parentage:
The name Court of Wick comes from the area in Somerset where they first originated, before Mr Wood of Huntingdon formally introduced them in the 1790's. It is probably derived from the Golden Pippin.
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: Court of Wick trees are spur-bearers, so they can be made into 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 Court of Wick 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.
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 Court of Wick 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.
Wire-trained cordons can be planted in rows 60-100cms apart.
Espaliers need to be spaced at 10-18 feet (3-6 metres) apart.
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.