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Scrumptious apple trees

Scrumptious is an excellent modern English early dessert apple, and has quickly established itself as one of the most successful garden apple varieties of recent times.

The flavour is what sets this apple apart from other early apple varieties, as the apples become genuinely sweet when planted in a sunny position. It's a great example of how growers are once again looking at flavour as the most important characteristic in a good apple. Scrumptious is also one of the most reliable early varieties, and the apples can be picked over a period of a couple of weeks rather than all at once.

If you are looking for a high-quality early-season apple which is productive and easy to grow, this is it!

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Pot-grown

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

  • PG12-year bush-trained 11.5L pot-grown tree M27 rootstock £43.00
    Very small tree (< 1.7m after 10 years)
  • PG2Premium cordon 12L pot-grown tree M9 rootstock £44.50
    Small tree (1.5m-2.5m after 10 years)
  • PG32-year bush-trained 12L pot-grown tree M26 rootstock £40.50
    Medium tree (2m-3m after 10 years)
  • PG42-year bush-trained 12L pot-grown tree MM106 rootstock £40.50
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
  • PG5Premium half-standard 12L pot-grown tree MM106 rootstock £45.50
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
  • PG6Espalier 12L pot-grown tree MM106 rootstock £60.50
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
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  • PG7Fan-trained 12L pot-grown tree MM106 rootstock £60.50
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
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Bare-root

  • BR1Cordon-trained bare-root tree M9 rootstock £34.45
    Small tree (1.5m-2.5m after 10 years)
  • BR22-year bush-trained bare-root tree M9 rootstock £30.45
    Small tree (1.5m-2.5m after 10 years)
  • BR31-year bare-root tree M26 rootstock £20.95
    Medium tree (2m-3m after 10 years)
  • BR42-year bush-trained bare-root tree M26 rootstock £30.45
    Medium tree (2m-3m after 10 years)
    Out of stock
  • BR51-year bare-root tree MM106 rootstock £20.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
  • BR62-year bush-trained bare-root tree MM106 rootstock £30.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
  • BR72-year bare-root tree MM106 rootstock £30.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
  • BR82-year half-standard bare-root tree MM106 rootstock £35.45
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)

How to grow

Scrumptious was developed specially for UK gardens by the English apple breeder Hugh Ermen. It is easy to grow and requires little if any routine pruning. It has a naturally weeping form, and the branches may benefit from support if the weight of apples looks too much for them.

Scrumptious is self-fertile apple variety, so no pollination partner is needed, and the blossom also has some resistance to frost.

To get the full red colour make sure you plant in a sunny aspect.

Scrumptious is reasonaly disease-resistant, and is a good choice for areas with mild damp climates, where many apple varieties can struggle.

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History

Scrumptious was developed in Kent in by Hugh Ermen and released in 1980. It is related to Golden Delicious and Discovery.

Scrumptious characteristics

Using

  • CroppingGood
  • Picking seasonEarly
  • Keeping (of fruit)1 week
  • Fruit persistenceNormal ripening
  • Flavour qualityVery good
  • WildlifeRHS perfect for pollinators
  • Flavour style (apples)Aromatic
  • Food usesEating fresh
  • Discoloration of fruitOxidising

Growing

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Self-fertilitySelf-fertile
  • Flowering group3
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • PloidyDiploid
  • VigourAverage vigour
  • Bearing regularityRegular
  • Fruit bearingPartial tip-bearer

Problems

  • Disease resistanceAverage
  • ScabVery resistant
  • Bitter pitSome susceptibility

Climate

  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climates
  • Summer average maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Cold (< 20C / 67F)
  • Frost resistance of blossomGood resistance

Identification

  • Country of originUnited Kingdom
  • Period of origin1950 - 1999
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Leaf colourGreen
  • Fruit colourRed
  • AwardsRHS Award of Garden Merit