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Worcester Pearmain apple trees

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

Bare-root

  • BR12-year bush-trained bare-root tree M9 rootstock £29.95
    Small tree (1.5m-2.5m after 10 years)
  • BR21-year bare-root tree M26 rootstock £19.95
    Medium tree (2m-3m after 10 years)
  • BR32-year bush-trained bare-root tree M26 rootstock £29.95
    Medium tree (2m-3m after 10 years)
    Out of stock
  • BR41-year bare-root tree MM106 rootstock £19.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
  • BR52-year bush-trained bare-root tree MM106 rootstock £29.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
  • BR62-year (1.75m) bare-root tree M25 rootstock £34.95
    Very large tree (4m-7m after 10 years)

How to grow

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.

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History

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

Worcester Pearmain characteristics

Growing

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Self-fertilityPartially self-fertile
  • Flowering group3
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • Fruit bearingPartial tip-bearer
  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climates

Using

  • Picking seasonEarly
  • CroppingHeavy
  • Keeping (of fruit)1 week
  • Food usesEating fresh
  • Flavour style (apples)Sweeter

Problems

  • Disease resistanceAverage
  • CankerSome susceptibility

Climate

    Identification

    • Country of originUnited Kingdom
    • Period of origin1850 - 1899
    • Fruit colourRed
    • AwardsRHS Award of Garden Merit