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Winter Gem apple trees

Winter Gem apple tree

Winter Gem is one of the best-flavoured new apple varieties developed in the 1990s by the late Hugh Ermen.

It is a cross between Grimes Golden and Cox's Orange Pippin, and as you might expect has a pronounced aromatic flavour. Grimes Golden is not that well-known in the UK but is the probable parent of Golden Delicious. Some enthusiasts reckon that Grimes Golden is a better apple than Golden Delicious, as it has the same sweetness but with a bit more richness. This means that Winter Gem inherits characteristics from two of the most influential apple families in the world, and if you appreciate apple flavours it is well worth trying.

As the name suggests, Winter Gem is a late-season apple, and the apples can be stored for several months.

Winter Gem apple trees for sale

Deliveries start December 2018.

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity
Small  (1.8m - 2.5m after 5-10 years) Cordon - bare-root - M9 rootstock 24.90 Sold outalert me

Delivery period: Trees are delivered between November and March. However it is best to order as soon as you can to ensure items are reserved for you. If you live in an area with very cold winters please let us know so that we can scheduled delivery for early spring.

*Mature size: Height shown is the approximate height of the tree when mature (after 5-10 years), not the height when supplied. Actual mature heights may vary considerably dependent on your local conditions and training and pruning regime.

Stock availability: Items showing as 'sold out' will probably be available again next season. Click here to be notified when we get more trees of this variety.

Summary features of Winter Gem

Growing

  • Gardening skill: Average?
  • Cropping: Good
  • Fertility: Not self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 3?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Large?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer?
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening?
  • Attractive fruit
  • Scab: Some susceptibility?
  • Bitter pit: Very resistant?

Uses

  • Picking season: Late?
  • Use / keeping: 1-2 months?
  • Flavour quality: Very good?
  • Flavour style: Aromatic
  • Good for eating fresh
  • Drying / Discoloring: Oxidising?

Identification

  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999
  • Fruit colour: Orange flush
  • Blossom colour: Pink - light
  • Leaf colour: Green

Climate

  • Temperate climates
  • Planting position: Full sun preferred

Pollination guide for Winter Gem

Winter Gem is in flowering group 3. Winter Gem is self-sterile and needs to be pollinated by another tree of a different variety nearby. Since it flowers in the middle of the blossom season it can be pollinated by most other apple trees.

How to grow Winter Gem apple trees

Unlike either of its parents, Winter Gem is well-suited to UK gardens - indeed this is a characteristic of many varieties developed by Hugh Ermen.

It can be a light cropper (although this is perhaps part of the reason for its good flavour). Make sure there are suitable pollination partner varieties nearby - Red Devil, Srumptious, Falstaff, Saturn and Charles Ross would be good choices. In other respects it is quite easy to grow.

Winter Gem works particularly well as a small tree on a dwarf or semi-dwarf rootstock. On more vigorous rootstocks it will produce a large and attractive tree.

Historical details

Winter Gem is a cross between Grimes Golden and Cox's Orange Pippin, and was developed in the UK by Hugh Ermen.

Botanical name

Malus domestica 'Winter Gem'