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Polka



A red and green late season Ballerina apple which naturally grows in a columnar form.

Origin: Kent UK, 1976

Pollination: Polka is self-sterile and would require a pollinator to produce a crop.  Pollination partners

Polka 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-1Polka tree custom-grafted on M9 rootstock (Dwarfing)£39.00 each
  • CG-2Polka tree custom-grafted on M26 rootstock (Semi-dwarfing)£39.00 each
  • CG-3Polka tree custom-grafted on MM106 rootstock (Semi-vigorous)£39.00 each
  • CG-4Polka tree custom-grafted on MM111 rootstock (Vigorous)£39.00 each
  • CG-5Polka tree custom-grafted on MM111 rootstock (Vigorous)£39.00 each
  • CG-6Polka 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 Polka

Polka is a Ballerina apple variety raised at East Malling Research Station, Kent UK in 1976 from a Wijcik McIntosh x Golden Delicious. Medium sized, round conical fruit. Smooth dark red flushed skin. Crisp and juicy with a flavour similar to Spartan.

Ballerina trees naturally grow in a columnar form. Side branches are not normally produced and the fruit is borne on the main trunk. They are very slow growing and will usually be much smaller in size when supplied than to other apple trees. Because of their slow growth rate and naturally dwarfing habit they are usually grafted on fairly vigorous rootstocks such as MM106 and MM111. They will grow up to 8ft (2.4m) in height. They require no pruning other than the removal of side branches when they occasionally form.

Characteristics of Polka apple trees

UseDessert
ColourRed
FlavourSweet
Fruit sizeMedium
Picking timeSep
Season of useSep-Oct
Tree vigourModerate
Tree habit
Fruit-bearingSpur-bearer
CroppingGood
Pollination date5
Pollination groupB
Self-fertilitySelf-sterile
PollinatorsPollination partners