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Little PaxTM apple trees

Malus domestica

Little Pax is a late-season English dessert apple. The apples usually ripen in October and will keep in a refrigerator or cold shed well into the new year.

Although discovered only recently, its pretty bell-like "pearmain" shape, and speckled red-flushed skin are very reminiscent of the classic 19th century English apples. The rich sweet aromatic flavours also hark back to the Victorian era. The flesh is crisp but not dense, so this is an easy apple to eat.

Little Pax is also characterised by its unusually prolific spring blossom.

Little Pax apple trees for sale

Pot-grown

All pot-grown trees are suitable for planting out in the garden, some are suitable for growing in containers.

  • PG1Premium cordon 12L pot-grown tree M9 rootstock £45.50
    Small tree (1.5m-2.5m after 10 years)
  • PG22-year bush-trained 12L pot-grown tree M26 rootstock £41.50
    Medium tree (2m-3m after 10 years)
  • PG3Premium half-standard 12L pot-grown tree MM106 rootstock £46.50
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)

Bare-root

  • BR1Cordon-trained bare-root tree M9 rootstock £34.95
    Small tree (1.5m-2.5m after 10 years)
  • BR22-year bush-trained bare-root tree M9 rootstock £30.95
    Small tree (1.5m-2.5m after 10 years)
  • BR31-year bare-root tree M26 rootstock £21.95
    Medium tree (2m-3m after 10 years)
  • BR41-year bare-root tree MM106 rootstock £21.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
  • BR52-year bush-trained bare-root tree MM106 rootstock £30.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
  • BR62-year bare-root tree MM106 rootstock £30.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)

How to grow

Little Pax is easy to grow, but as might be expected from an apple variety from the Isle of Wight, it likes a long growing season to achieve its attractive red colouration.

This is a naturally productive variety, and as a result fruit size can tend to be small - this is easily addressed by thinning the fruitlets at the end of May after the blossom has finished.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

History

Little Pax was planted as a seedling tree in the gardens of St. Cecilia's Abbey, Ryde, Isle of Wight. Its parentage is unknown, although it displays the typical bell-like "Pearmain" shape associated with several Victorian varieties such as Adam's Pearmain.

Little Pax characteristics

Using

  • CroppingHeavy
  • Picking seasonLate
  • Keeping (of fruit)3 months or more
  • Flavour qualityVery good
  • WildlifeRHS perfect for pollinators
  • Flavour style (apples)Aromatic
  • Food usesEating fresh

Growing

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Flowering group3
  • Pollinating othersGood
  • PloidyDiploid
  • VigourAverage vigour
  • Fruit bearingPartial tip-bearer

Problems

  • Disease resistanceAverage
  • ScabSome susceptibility

Climate

  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climates
  • Summer average maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)

Identification

  • Country of originUnited Kingdom
  • Period of origin2000
  • Flower colourPink - light
  • Leaf colourGreen
  • Flesh colourCream