Apple - Decio

Decio Apple

Malus domestica
An ancient apple believed to date from the time of Attila the Hun.

Origin: Italy 450

Pollination:  Decio is self-sterile and would require a pollinator to produce a crop. Show suitable pollination partners

A guide to choosing Apple Trees

Decio Apple Trees for sale - order online

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
MM111 - Vigorous   1 year Maiden

History and description of Decio

A very old late dessert apple believed to date from Roman times. Mentioned by the 16th century historian Francesco Bocchi as existing around AD 450 when General Ezio took some of these apples (referred to as 'melo d'Ezio') from Rome to Adria, near Padua where he fought Attila. They were served at banquets given by the Duke of Ferrara in 1529 when they were known as 'Deci' apples. Included in a list of 'worthy varieties' in 1823 by a horticulturalist living in Venice.The apple was well known as 'Decio' around Venice in 1939.

Small sized fruit flushed brownish pink over green, ripening to red and cream. Flesh quite sweet and fruity. An upright tree of weak vigour.

Main characteristics of Decio

Use Dessert
Colour Flushed
Flavour Fruity
Fruit size  Small
Picking time  Late Oct
Season of use  Dec-Mar

Tree vigour  Small
Tree habit  Upright
Fruit bearing  Spur-bearer

Pollination date  16
Pollination group  E
Self fertility  Self-sterile
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