Apple - American Mother

American Mother Apple

Malus domestica
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. Show suitable pollination partners

A guide to choosing Apple Trees

American Mother 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
M26 - Semi-dwarfing   1 year Maiden
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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.

Main characteristics of American Mother

Use Dessert
Colour Red
Flavour Sweet
Fruit size  Medium
Picking time  Late Sep
Season of use  Oct-Dec

Tree vigour  Moderate
Tree habit  Upright
Fruit bearing  Spur-bearer
Cropping Erratic
Disease resistance  Canker: Susceptible
Scab: Very resistant
Suitable for Late Frost
Northern Britain

Pollination date  15
Pollination group  D
Self fertility  Partially Self Fertile
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Progeny  Mrs PhillimoreThomas Rivers