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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

1-year maiden trees

These are the most versatile choice for home orchards, community fruit tree projects, and for training on in any form you require.

FormRootstockPriceQuantity
MaidenM27Very dwarfing £23.50
MaidenM9Dwarfing £23.50
MaidenM26Semi-dwarfing £23.50
MaidenMM106Semi-vigorous £23.50

2-year pre-trained trees

These trees have already had some formative training in the nursery.

FormRootstockPriceQuantity
Step-overM27Very dwarfing £45.50
Espalier (2 Tier)MM106Semi-vigorous £69.50
Fan TrainedMM106Semi-vigorous £69.50

Orders placed now will be delivered in the winter planting season.

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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