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Pitmaston Pine Apple apple trees

Pitmaston Pine Apple

Pitmaston Pine Apple is an 18th century English apple, best-known for its distinctive pineapple-like flavour.

It is thought to be a seedling of Golden Pippin, and certainly appears to have inherited the fruity flavour of that variety.

The apples are very small, not much bigger than crab-apples.

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Pitmaston Pine Apple apple trees for sale

Bare-root

  • BR11-year bare-root tree MM106 rootstock £19.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
  • BR22-year (1.75m) bare-root tree M25 rootstock £29.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
  • BR31-year bare-root tree M25 rootstock £19.95
    Very large tree (4m-7m after 10 years)

How to grow

Pitmaston Pine Apple is generally easy to grow. It has a reputation for variable cropping, but in a good year qualifies as a heavy cropper.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

History

Pitmaston Pine was raised by Mr White, the steward to Lord Foley of Witley in the 1780s. It is a seedling of Golden Pippin, a popular English apple of the period. It was introduced by Mr Williams of Pitmaston near Worcester.

Pitmaston Pine Apple characteristics

Using

  • CroppingHeavy
  • Picking seasonLate
  • Keeping (of fruit)2-3 weeks
  • Flavour qualityGood
  • WildlifeRHS perfect for pollinators
  • Flavour style (apples)Sweeter
  • Food usesEating freshJuice

Growing

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Flowering group4
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • PloidyDiploid
  • VigourAverage vigour
  • Bearing regularityBiennial tendency
  • Fruit bearingSpur-bearer

Problems

  • Disease resistanceAverage
  • ScabVery resistant

Climate

  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climatesMild damp climates
  • Summer average maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)

Identification

  • Country of originUnited Kingdom
  • Period of origin1750 - 1799
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Leaf colourGreen
  • Fruit colourGreen / Yellow