Apple - Worcester Pearmain

Worcester Pearmain Apple

Malus domestica
A very popular sweet early dessert apple particularly suitable for growing in colder regions.

Origin: Worcestershire UK 1873

Pollination:  Worcester Pearmain is partially self-fertile and would produce some crop without a pollinator but would benefit considerably from a pollinator. Show suitable pollination partners

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Worcester Pearmain 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
M9 - Dwarfing   1 year Maiden Available £17.50
M26 - Semi-dwarfing   1 year Maiden Available £17.50
MM106 - Semi-vigorous   1 year Maiden Available £17.50
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


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History and description of Worcester Pearmain

Raised by Mr Hale of Swan Pool, St Johns, Worcester, UK. Believed to have been a Devonshire Quarrenden seedling. Introduced by St John's Nursery 1874. Received a First Class Certificate from the RHS in 1875. It soon became established as the main early commercial variety in England and continues to be grown commercially on a relatively small scale.

Medium sized, round-conical fruit. Often lopsided. Bright red flush almost completely covering the smooth yellowish green skin. White, firm but tender, juicy flesh. Very sweet. Flavour can be variable. At its best a lovely sweet intense strawberry flavour but rather plain at other times. Does not keep well. The fruit should be left on the tree for as long as possible for the flavour and colour to develop and eaten soon after picking.

Modrately vigorous tree. Partial tip bearer. Very attractive blossom. Partially self-fertile heavy cropper. Resistant to mildew but prone to scab and canker. Suitable for growing in colder northern but not very humid areas.




Main characteristics of Worcester Pearmain

Use Dessert
Colour Red
Flavour Sweet
Fruit size  Medium
Picking time  Early/Mid Sep
Season of use  Sep-Oct

Tree vigour  Moderate
Tree habit  Upright-Spreading
Fruit bearing  Partial tip-bearer
Cropping Heavy
Disease resistance  Scab: Susceptible
Canker: Susceptible
Mildew: Very resistant
Suitable for Dry Regions
Late Frost
Northern Britain
Special features Attractive Blossom

Pollination date  11
Pollination group  C
Self fertility  Partially Self Fertile
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Parentage  Devonshire Quarrenden (?)
Progeny  DiscoveryLaxton's Early CrimsonElton BeautyErosExeter CrossFlameGarnetHunter's MajesticJesterKatyLord LambourneMerton WorcesterMichaelmas RedOpalPearlTydeman's Early WorcesterWilliam CrumpWinston