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Discovery

  • Discovery
  • Discovery
  • Picking season: Early
  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Flowering group: 3

Discovery is probably the most well-known early English apple variety, ripening in late August.

It is grown commercially on a small scale in the UK, but it has a very short shelf-life, and shop-bought apples can be disappointing if not picked at exactly the right time. For this reason Discovery is definitely a variety that is better grown in the garden, and preferably eaten straight from the tree - although it will keep in a fridge for a week if necessary.

In some years there is a hint of strawberry flavor, which adds to the summery appeal.

Discovery apple trees for sale

  • 11-year maiden bare-root tree 24.45
    M26 rootstock
    Medium size (2.5m-3m after 10 years)
    Out of stock
  • 21-year maiden bare-root tree 24.45
    MM106 rootstock
    Large size (3m-4m after 10 years)

How to grow

Discovery is very easy to grow, and has good disease resistance. Being an early-season apple, it can ripen in a short growing season and is therefore a good choice for northern areas.

History

Discovery is a seedling of another popular English early apple, Worcester Pearmain, found in Essex, UK, in 1949.

Discovery characteristics

  • Using

    • Picking season:Early
    • Cropping:Good
    • Keeping:1 week
    • Fruit persistence:Normal ripening
    • Useful for:Eating freshJuice
  • Growing

    • Gardening skill:Beginner
    • Self-fertility:Not self-fertile
    • Flowering group:3
    • Pollinating others:Average
    • Ploidy:Diploid
    • Vigour:Average vigour
    • Bearing regularity:Regular
    • Fruit bearing:Partial tip-bearer
  • Problems

    • Disease resistance:Good
    • Canker:Some resistance
    • Scab:Very resistant
  • Climate

    • Climate type:Temperate climatesMild damp climates
    • Summer average maximum temperatures:Cool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)Hot (>30C / 86F)Cold (< 20C / 67F)
    • Frost resistance of blossom:Good resistance
  • Identification

    • Country of origin:United Kingdom
    • Period of origin:1900 - 1949
    • Flower colour:White
    • Fruit colour:Red
    • Awards:RHS Award of Garden Merit