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Court Pendu Plat apple trees

Court Pendu Plat

Court Pendu Plat is one of the oldest known apples, dating back to the 1600s and possibly earlier. Inspite of this it is a modern-looking apple with an attractive bi-coloured red/orange flush. The flattened ("plat") shape is quite distinctive.

The flavour is aromatic with a noticeable fruity peardrop overtone, and the flesh is quite dense. The interesting flavour carries over into the juice, which can be used to add a sweet component to cider blends.

Court Pendu Plat apple trees for sale

Bare-root

  • BR11-year bare-root tree MM106 rootstock £19.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
  • BR21-year bare-root tree M25 rootstock £19.95
    Very large tree (4m-7m after 10 years)

How to grow

The key characteristic of Court Pendu Plat is its very late blooming, which makes it useful for areas with late spring frosts, and for cross-pollinating with other late-blooming varieties.

Court Pendu Plat is cold hardy and, as is often the case with very old apple varieties, has naturally good disease resistance.

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History

France, 16th century.

Court Pendu Plat characteristics

Using

  • CroppingGood
  • Picking seasonLate
  • Keeping (of fruit)1-2 months
  • Fruit persistenceNormal ripening
  • Flavour qualityVery good
  • WildlifeRHS perfect for pollinators
  • Flavour style (apples)Aromatic
  • Food usesEating freshJuice
  • Discoloration of fruitVery oxidising (browns quickly)

Growing

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Flowering group6
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • PloidyDiploid
  • VigourAverage vigour
  • Bearing regularityRegular
  • Fruit bearingPartial tip-bearer

Problems

  • Disease resistanceGood
  • MildewVery resistant
  • ScabVery resistant

Climate

  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climates
  • Cold hardiness (USDA)(4) -30F / -34C
  • Summer average maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)
  • Frost resistance of blossomGood resistance

Identification

  • Country of originFrance
  • Period of origin1600 - 1649
  • Leaf colourGreen
  • Fruit colourOrange flush