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Discovery



A popular disease resistant early dessert apple.

Origin: Essex UK, 1949

Pollination: Discovery is self-sterile and would require a pollinator to produce a crop.  Pollination partners

Discovery apple trees for sale

ItemPriceQuantity
M27 rootstock 1 year Maiden (Very dwarfing) £19.50
M27 rootstock 2 year Step-over (Very dwarfing) £35.00 Sold-out
M9 rootstock 1 year Maiden (Dwarfing) £19.50 Sold-out
M9 rootstock 2 year Espalier (2 Tier) (Dwarfing) £54.50
M26 rootstock 1 year Maiden (Semi-dwarfing) £19.50
M26 rootstock 2 year Bush (Semi-dwarfing) £32.50 Sold-out
M26 rootstock 2 year Cordon (Semi-dwarfing) £29.50
MM106 rootstock 1 year Espalier (1 tier) (Semi-vigorous) £33.50
MM106 rootstock 1 year Maiden (Semi-vigorous) £19.50
MM106 rootstock 2 year Espalier (2 Tier) (Semi-vigorous) £54.50 Sold-out
MM106 rootstock 2 year Fan Trained (Semi-vigorous) £54.50
MM106 rootstock 2 year Half Standard (Semi-vigorous) £32.50 Sold-out
MM106 rootstock 2 year Palmette oblique (Semi-vigorous) £52.00
M25 rootstock 1 year Maiden (Very vigorous) £19.50 Sold-out
M25 rootstock 2 year Standard (Very vigorous) £32.50 Sold-out

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History and description of Discovery

Discovery apple was raised about 1949 by a farm worker called Dummer of Langham, Essex, UK from a Worcester Pearmain crossed possibly with a Beauty of Bath. The story is that Dummer had raised a number of Worcester Pearmain seedlings and chose the best one to plant in his garden. As he only had one arm, he needed assistance from his wife. But she broke her ankle and as a result the seedling was left for weeks simply covered by sacking. However, it survived and grew into a tree which produced good quality fruit which kept longer than most very early apples and unlike others did not drop. The tree came to the attention of the nurseryman Jack Matthews of Thurston, Suffolk who bought grafts and marketed the variety under the name Thurston August. It was renamed Discovery in 1962. It has now become the main early commercial variety in the UK.

Medium sized, flat-round fruit. Bright scarlet flush over a pale greenish yellow skin speckled with small russet dots. Attractive looking. Creamy white flesh often stained pink under the skin. Crisp and juicy. Quite good, distinctive, slightly sharp flavour. Keeps very well for such an early variety. Grown commercially and sold in shops it is picked too early and lacks flavour. But if allowed to ripen properly on the tree it develops a beautiful red skin colour which seeps into its flesh and a very good flavour.

Can be a slow growing tree. Partial tip bearer. Good disease and frost resistance. Slow to come into bearing but crops heavily once mature.

Characteristics of Discovery apple trees

UseDessert
ColourRed
FlavourSweet-Sharp
Fruit sizeMedium
Picking timeMid/Late Aug
Season of useAug-Sept
Tree vigourModerate
Tree habitUpright-spreading
Fruit-bearingPartial tip-bearer
CroppingGood
Disease resistanceScab - Resistant
Mildew - Very resistant
Suitable forDry Regions
Late Frost
Northern Britain
Special featuresGood for Juice
Pollination date11
Pollination groupC
Self-fertilitySelf-sterile
PollinatorsPollination partners
ParentageBeauty of Bath
Worcester Pearmain
ProgenyNuvar® Long Harvest
Red Devil
SportsRosette