Worcester Pearmain apple trees

RHS AGM for Worcester Pearmain

Worcester Pearmain is a classic English early-season apple, and remains popular as a garden variety. The apples are fairly small, and a pretty bright red where the sun catches them, whilst the blossom in spring is also a feature.

The flavour is good and sweet for an early variety, and in a good year you may notice the slight strawberry flavour for which this variety is renowned.

Like most early-season varieties, Worcester Pearmain does not keep. It is at its best when eaten straight from the tree, but you can store the apples in a fridge for up to a week.

Although always considered as a dessert apple variety, Worcester Pearmain is a good variety for stewed apple.

Worcester Pearmain apple trees for sale

Order now for delivery from week commencing 27th February.

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity

Pot-grown fruit trees

Very small  (1.5m after 5-10 years) 2-year patio-tree - 11.5l pot - M27 rootstock £30.95
Medium  (2.2m - 3m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - 12l pot - M26 rootstock £29.95 Sold outalert me
Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - 12l pot - MM106 rootstock £29.95
Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) Half-standard premium - 12l pot - MM106 rootstock £34.95

Bare-root fruit trees

Very small  (1.5m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - M27 rootstock  less than 5 in stock £17.45
Medium  (2.2m - 3m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - M26 rootstock £17.45
Medium  (2.2m - 3m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - bare-root - M26 rootstock £26.45 Sold outalert me
Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - MM106 rootstock £17.45
Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) 2-year - bare-root - MM106 rootstock  central leader £26.45 Sold outalert me
Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - bare-root - MM106 rootstock £26.45 Sold outalert me
Full size  (5m+ after 5-10 years) Standard 1.75m - bare-root - M25 rootstock £27.95 Sold outalert me

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.

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 Worcester Pearmain

Growing

  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners?
  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Fertility: Partially 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?
  • Attractive blossom
  • Overall disease resistance: Average?
  • Canker: Some susceptibility?

Uses

  • Picking season: Early?
  • Use / keeping: 1 week?
  • Flavour quality: Good?
  • Flavour style: Sweeter
  • Good for eating fresh
  • Drying / Discoloring: No discolor / Good for drying?

Identification

  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Period of origin: 1850 - 1899
  • Fruit colour: Red
  • Blossom colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • RHS AGM: RHS AGM
  • Popularity: Best sellers?

Climate

  • Frost resistance: Good resistance?
  • Temperate climates
  • UK Zone 2 - Northern UK: Yes
  • Cold hardiness: -30F / -34C?
  • Planting position: Tolerates partial shade

Pollination guide for Worcester Pearmain

Worcester Pearmain is in flowering group 3. Worcester Pearmain is partially self-fertile, but fruiting will be improved if there is a compatible 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 Worcester Pearmain apple trees

Worcester Pearmain makes a good and reliable apple tree for the garden. Inspite of its susceptibility to the apple diseases scab and canker, it is generally a problem-free tree, and it is resistant to mildew. Pruning needs to be done carefully as Worcester Pearmain is a tip-bearer and the apples are borne on the end of the shoots.

Historical details

Worcestershire, England. 1870s. According to the Victorian writer Hogg, Worcester Pearmain is a seedling of Devonshire Quarrenden.

Botanical name

Malus domestica 'Worcester Pearmain'


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