Apple - Discovery

Discovery Apple

Malus domestica
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. Show suitable pollination partners

A guide to choosing Apple Trees



Discovery Apple Trees for sale - order online

We supply trees and plants only during the winter planting season from late November to mid March. Orders placed now will not be be delivered until the winter planting season. You will not be required to pay until October but by ordering now you can ensure that the items are reserved for you and supplied as early as possible when we resume delveries in late November.
Please select the rootstock, age and tree form available items in the table below. The choice of rootstock is important as it determines the size to which the tree will grow when mature. Trees are available either as maidens which are untrained one year old trees or two year old trees already trained in a particular form. Reduced price trees when available are smaller one year old trees or two year old trees which have less well developed heads than our regular trees but are otherwise perfectly good healthy trees offered at a lower price. Trees are supplied bare root during the planting season from late November to early March. Further information is available below.

Rootstock / Vigour / Age / Form Availability Price Qty required
M27 - Very dwarfing   1 year Maiden Available £17.50
M9 - Dwarfing   1 year Maiden Available £17.50
M26 - Semi-dwarfing   1 year Maiden Available £17.50
M26 - Semi-dwarfing   2 years Bush Available £28.50
MM106 - Semi-vigorous   1 year Maiden Available £17.50
MM106 - Semi-vigorous   1 year Maiden *Reduced Price* Available £14.50
MM106 - Semi-vigorous   2 years Half Standard Available £28.50
M25 - Very vigorous   1 year Maiden Available £17.50

The availability information shown in the availability column in the table is always up-to-date.
Available means Available for supply from Nov 2018 to March 2019
2019/20 means Sold out but available for supply winter 2019/20. Orders taken from May 2019
Sold out means Sold out for supply Nov 2018 to March 2019. May be available again winter 2019/20


If you like this variety also look at these



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.

Moderately vigorous tree. Partial tip bearer. Good disease and frost resistance. Slow to come into bearing but crops heavily once mature.




Main characteristics of Discovery

Use Dessert
Colour Red
Flavour Sweet-Sharp
Fruit size  Medium
Picking time  Mid/Late Aug
Season of use  Aug-Sept

Tree vigour  Moderate
Tree habit  Upright-Spreading
Fruit bearing  Partial tip-bearer
Cropping Good
Disease resistance  Scab: Resistant
Mildew: Very resistant
Suitable for Dry Regions
Late Frost
Northern Britain
Special features Good for Juice

Pollination date  11
Pollination group  C
Self fertility  Self-sterile
Pollinators Show suitable pollination partners
Parentage  Worcester PearmainBeauty of Bath (?)
Progeny  Nuvar® Long HarvestRed Devil
Sports  Rosette