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American Mother



An old American apple dating from the mid 19th Century

Origin: USA, 1844

Pollination: American Mother is partially self-fertile and would produce some crop without a pollinator but would benefit considerably from a pollinator.  Pollination partners

American Mother apple trees produced to order

We do not stock this variety, but we can produce trees for you through our custom grafting service. Trees can be grafted on any of the following rootstocks:

  • CG-1American Mother tree custom-grafted on M9 rootstock (Dwarfing)£39.00 each
  • CG-2American Mother tree custom-grafted on M26 rootstock (Semi-dwarfing)£39.00 each
  • CG-3American Mother tree custom-grafted on MM106 rootstock (Semi-vigorous)£39.00 each
  • CG-4American Mother tree custom-grafted on MM111 rootstock (Vigorous)£39.00 each
  • CG-5American Mother tree custom-grafted on M25 rootstock (Very vigorous)£39.00 each

If you wish to go order please fill in our contact form in the first instance, stating your name, full address, and the rootstock(s) you wish the tree(s) to be grafted on. You will need to contact us before June.

Propagation is carried out in late July / early August, and the grafted trees would be available for supply in December the following year (approximately 14 months later).

History and description of American Mother

American Mother arose in Bolton, Worcester County, Massachusetts and was first recorded in 1844. It was introduced to the UK by the famous nurseryman Thomas Rivers. It was popular in the UK in 1920's and 1930's. It received the Award of Garden Merit (AGM) from the Royal Horticultural Society in 1993.

The fruit is medium sized, long conical, ribbed and sometimes lopsided. Deep red flush over a greenish yellow background. The flesh is almost yellow, quite soft and juicy. It is sweet and at best with a perfumed quality. However it can lose flavour quickly after ripening.

Produces an upright tree of average vigour with good scab and mildew resistance. Cropping can be erratic.

Characteristics of American Mother apple trees

UseDessert
ColourRed
FlavourSweet
Fruit sizeMedium
Picking timeLate Sep
Season of useOct-Dec
Tree vigourModerate
Tree habitUpright
Fruit-bearingSpur-bearer
CroppingErratic
Disease resistanceCanker - Susceptible
Scab - Very resistant
Suitable forLate Frost
Northern Britain
Pollination date15
Pollination groupD
Self-fertilityPartially self-fertile
PollinatorsPollination partners
ProgenyMrs Phillimore
Thomas Rivers