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Jumbo

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

Jumbo is a modern dual-purpose apple, named for the exceptional size of its fruits. It is not unusual to get apples weighing more than 400g (or up to 1lb), which is about three times larger than most supermarket dessert apples.

As a cooker, Jumbo is sweeter than most of the mainstream English culinary varieties, so does not usually need sugar added. It also keeps its shape when cooked. The apples store well, easily keeping for 3 months in a fridge. Whereas most cookers are simply large and green, Jumbo is very attractive, like a modern bi-coloured eating apple, with an extensive scarlet flush covering a yellow background.

Jumbo has a good strong flavour which is certainly sweet enought for eating fresh, although the apples are probably too big for one person to manage!

Malus domestica

Jumbo apple trees for sale

  • 1-year maiden bare-root tree 24.45
    MM106 rootstock
    Large size (3m-4m after 10 years)
    Out of stock


How to grow

Jumbo is a modern dual-purpose apple, named for the exceptional size of its fruits. It is not unusual to get apples weighing more than 400g (or up to 1lb), which is about three times larger than most supermarket dessert apples.

As a cooker, Jumbo is sweeter than most of the mainstream English culinary varieties, so does not usually need sugar added. It also keeps its shape when cooked. The apples store well, easily keeping for 3 months in a fridge. Whereas most cookers are simply large and green, Jumbo is very attractive, like a modern bi-coloured eating apple, with an extensive scarlet flush covering a yellow background.

Jumbo has a good strong flavour which is certainly sweet enought for eating fresh, although the apples are probably too big for one person to manage!



History

As might be guessed from the size of its apples, Jumbo is a triploid variety. That means it is not self-fertile and will not pollinate other apple varieties - but also that it is a big, hardy, vigorous-growing tree that can shake off diseases and problems.



Jumbo characteristics

  • Using

    • Picking period (southern UK):mid-September
    • Picking season:Late
    • Cropping:Heavy
    • Keeping (of fruit):3 months or more
    • Food uses:Eating fresh, Culinary, Dual purpose (eat + cook)
  • Growing

    • Gardening skill:Average
    • Self-fertility:Not self-fertile
    • Flowering group:3
    • Pollinating others:Poor
    • Ploidy:Triploid
    • Bearing regularity:Regular
    • Fruit bearing:Spur-bearer
  • Problems

    • Disease resistance:Good
  • Climate

    • Climate suitability:Temperate climates, Mild damp climates
    • Summer average maximum temperatures:Cool ( 20C - 24C / 68F - 75F)
  • Identification

    • Country of origin:United Kingdom
    • Period of origin:1950 - 1999
    • Fruit colour:Orange / Red