Discovery apple trees
Discovery is the definitive early-season English apple variety, makes a good fruit tree for the garden.
Discovery apple trees for sale
All pot-grown trees are suitable for planting out in the garden, some are suitable for growing in containers.
PG1Espalier 12L pot-grown tree MM106 rootstock £70.00
(3m-4m after 10 years)
PG2Fan-trained 12L pot-grown tree MM106 rootstock £70.00
(3m-4m after 10 years)
BR12-year bush-trained bare-root tree M9 rootstock £31.25
(1.5m-2.5m after 10 years)
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
How to grow
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. It is also good choice for growers in areas of high rainfall. Although a very "English" apple, Discovery is known to be very cold-hardy, and able to tolerate temperatures much lower than those usually found in the UK.
A characteristic of Discovery is that the tree will often drop quite a lot of apples near maturity. It's best to wait a bit longer if you can, rather than taking this as a cue to start picking.
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.
Advice on fruit tree pollination.
Discovery is a seedling of another popular English early apple, Worcester Pearmain, found in Essex, UK, in 1949.
- Gardening skillBeginner
- Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
- Flowering group3
- Pollinating othersAverage
- Fruit bearingPartial tip-bearer
- Climate suitabilityTemperate climatesMild damp climates
- WildlifeRHS Plants for Pollinators
- Picking seasonEarly
- Keeping (of fruit)1 week
- Food usesEating freshJuice
- Flavour style (apples)Sweet/Sharp
- Disease resistanceGood
- ScabVery resistant
- CankerSome resistance
- Country of originUnited Kingdom
- Period of origin1900 - 1949
- Fruit colourRed
- AwardsRHS AGM (current)
A pink-fleshed form of Discovery.