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Discovery apple trees

RHS AGM for Discovery
  • Pick: Early-season
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Uses: Eat fresh | Juicing 
  • Disease-resistance: Good

Discovery is probably the most well-known early English apple variety, ripening in late August. It is very easy to grow, and has excellent natural disease resistance.

Discovery is grown commercially on a small scale in the UK, but it has a very short shelf-life, and shop-bought apples can be disappointing if not picked at exactly the right time. For this reason Discovery is definitely a variety that is better grown in the garden, and preferably eaten straight from the tree - although it will keep in a fridge for a week if necessary.

In some years there is a hint of strawberry flavour, which adds to the summery appeal.

Discovery also excels as a variety for juicing, as it produces a very well-balanced sweet/sharp juice

Order now for delivery week commencing 15th September 2014.

Discovery apple trees for sale

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity

Pot-grown fruit trees  (Deliveries Sept 2014 - April 2015)

Very small  (1.5m - 2m after 5-10 years) 2-year patio-tree - 11.5l pot - M27 rootstock £28.45
Very small  (1.5m - 2m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - 12l pot - M27 rootstock £28.45
Medium  (2.2m - 3m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - 12l pot - M26 rootstock £27.95
Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - 12l pot - MM106 rootstock £27.95
Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) Half-standard premium - 12l pot - MM106 rootstock £33.95

Bare-root fruit trees  (Deliveries November 2014 - February 2015)

Medium  (2.2m - 3m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - bare-root - M26 rootstock £24.95
Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - MM106 rootstock £17.45
Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - bare-root - MM106 rootstock £24.95
Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) Half-standard - bare-root - MM106 rootstock £25.95 Sold outalert me
Full size  (5m+ after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - M25 rootstock £17.95

Pot-grown cordon fruit trees  (Deliveries Sept 2014 - April 2015)

Small  (1.8m - 2.5m after 5-10 years) Cordon premium - 12l pot - M9 rootstock £26.95 Sold outalert me

Bare-root cordon fruit trees  (Deliveries November 2014 - February 2015)

Small  (1.8m - 2.5m after 5-10 years) Cordon - bare-root - M9 rootstock £21.95

Trained fruit trees - pot-grown  (Deliveries Sept 2014 - April 2015)

Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) Fan 4-arm -12l pot - MM106 rootstock £48.95
Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) Espalier 2-tier -12l pot - MM106 rootstock £48.95

Delivery period: Pot-grown trees can be delivered from September onwards. Bare-root trees can be delivered from mid-November onwards. Within those periods you can specify your preferred month of delivery during the checkout process. It is best to order as soon as you can to ensure items are reserved for you.

*Mature size: Height shown is the approximate height of the tree when mature (after 5-10 years), not the height when supplied. See photos of trees as supplied. Actual mature heights may vary considerably dependent on your local conditions and training and pruning regime - see our Tree Height Calculator.

Stock availability: Items showing as 'sold out' will probably be available again next season. Click here to be notified when we get more trees of this variety.

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Summary features of Discovery

    Growing

  • Gardening skill: Easy?
  • Cropping: Good
  • Fertility: Not self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 3?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Average growth?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Fruit bearing: Partial tip-bearer?
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening?
  • Overall disease resistance: Good?
  • Organic / no-spray culture?
  • Canker: Some resistance?
  • Scab: Very resistant?

    Uses

  • Picking season: Early?
  • Use / keeping: 1 week?
  • Flavour quality: Average?
  • Flavour style: Sweet/Sharp
  • Good for eating fresh
  • Good for juice
    One of the best early-season varieties for juicing
  • Drying / Discoloring: Slightly oxidising?

    Identification

  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Period of origin: 1900 - 1949
  • Fruit colour: Red
  • Blossom colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • RHS AGM: RHS AGM
  • Popularity: Best sellers?

    Climate

  • Frost resistance: Good resistance?
  • Temperate climates
  • Tolerates cold winters
  • Mild / damp climates?
  • UK Zone 1 - N.W. Scotland: Yes
    A good variety for this challenging area


Pollination guide for Discovery

Discovery is in flowering group 3. Discovery is self-sterile and needs to be pollinated by another tree of a different variety nearby. Since it flowers in the middle of the blossom season it can be pollinated by most other apple trees.

How to grow Discovery apple trees

Discovery is very easy to grow. Being an early-season apple, it can ripen in a short growing season and is therefore a good choice for northern areas.

Discovery is also one of the best varieties for organic growers or gardeners who do not want to spray their trees - it has excellent natural disease resistance. The apples are invariably clean with a good finish.



Historical details

Discovery is a seedling of another popular English early apple, Worcester Pearmain, found in Essex, UK, in 1949.


Botanical name

Malus domestica 'Discovery'


Related variety collections

UK dessert apple orchard collection, Easy apple trees for the UK garden, Apple varieties suitable for organic culture, Apple trees for southern Europe, Apple trees for Devon and Cornwall



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