Species: Malus domestica Borkh.
Use: Dessert apple
Pollination Group: C / 3
Cultivar Group: 2 or 3
Blossom: (notes to follow)
Season: Early to mid August
More Info: Keepers / OrangePippin / Pomiferous
Tree Source: Peter Nichol, Northern Fruit Group
Planting Size: 2 yr old maiden whip
Planting Date: 8th February 2018
Notes & Observations
Background – “Beauty of Bath apple originated as a local variety grown at Bailbrook, near Bath, UK in the 19th Century. It was introduced by the nurseryman George Cooling of Bath c. 1864.” (source)
Season 2019 – A few apples, very early to develop, very pleasant, sweet-sharp, good flavour.
7.5.20 – Strong blossom, thinning required (and subsequently carried out).
13.8.20 – Average fruit set, picked early August due to high winds and risk of windfall. Disappointing flavour this year due to very poor July weather.
Season 2020 – This particular tree continue to grow slowly and produce fruit, but its early ripening makes good weather in June & July essential for success.
Winter 2021 – Reasonable growth. Very good fruit spur development. Twin diagonal leaders both neatly branching, some damage to one. Very minimal pruning required: 1x awkwardly-placed spur, 2x duplicate regrowth stems.