Apple - Polka

Polka Apple

Malus domestica
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. Show suitable pollination partners

A guide to choosing Apple Trees

Polka 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 Ballerina

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.

Main characteristics of Polka

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

Tree vigour  Moderate
Fruit bearing  Spur-bearer
Cropping Good

Pollination date  5
Pollination group  B
Self fertility  Self-sterile
Pollinators Show suitable pollination partners
Other names  Trajan, Scarletspire