Britain's Favourite Apple Trees Collection by Frank P Matthews™ - 'Cox', 'Bramley' & 'Scrumptious™'

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Britain's Favourite Apple Trees Collection by Frank P Matthews™ - 'Cox', 'Bramley' & 'Scrumptious™'
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Britain's Favourite Apple Trees Collection by Frank P Matthews™ - 'Cox', 'Bramley' & 'Scrumptious™'

Britain's Favourite Apple Trees Collection by Frank P Matthews™ - 'Cox', 'Bramley' & 'Scrumptious™'

Fill different areas of your garden with 3 fantastic types of apple tree from the Frank P Matthews collection. With a wealth of experience in growing apple trees, you can be confident that they have carefully selected three of the best for you to enjoy. This collection of British favourites includes a Cox apple tree, Bramley apple tree and Scrumptious apple tree. Each of these trees produce gorgeous apples in various colours, so not only can you enjoy their taste but you can also appreciate a wonderful range of colours in your garden. All of the fruit in this collection can be eaten straight from the tree or used in cooking. Why not make a fruit pie or crumble? With a mix of flavours there is something for everyone to enjoy.

This Tree Collection Consists Of 3 Bare Root Trees:

  • 1 x Cox Apple Tree Bare Root MM106
  • 1 x Bramley's Seedling Apple Tree Bare Root MM106
  • 1 x Scrumptious Dessert Apple Tree Bare Root MM106

Cox Apple Tree

Cox's Orange Pippin is a reliable and traditional apple tree variety, renowned for producing good crops of fresh fruits with excellent flavour and an attractive appearance. The apples are of a medium size in an orange-red colour, which become carmine mottled over a deep yellow background. The flesh is very aromatic, fine-grained, crisp and very juicy. They are of a moderately acidic flavour, which becomes softer and milder when mature. Cox's Orange Pippin is one of the best in quality of the English dessert apples. They taste great eaten as they are, or sliced and used in a salad. For more details please click here.

Bramley's Seedling Cooking Apple Tree

The Bramley's Seedling is the definitive English cooking apple. The fruits cook down to a smooth puree and as such are ideal for pies, crumbles, sauces, etc. They are famous for their sharp, acidic flavour and heavy crops. The fruits store well, lasting up for 3 months, so you will be able to enjoy great tasting apple dishes throughout the winter season and into the new year. The 'Bramley's Seedling' has been awarded the Award of Garden Merit given by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), which helps gardeners make informed choices about plants. For more details please click here.

Scrumptious Dessert Apple Tree

This apple is something special. The pale pink blossom is fragrant and relatively frost hardy. The fruits develop a gorgeous glowing deep red skin. The aromatic flesh is sweet and crisp but not too sugary. This is a wonderful dessert to eat fresh from the tree and with the benefit of having thin skin, loved by children. A recent introduction, this apple tree has been carefully bred for UK gardens. Frost hardy and disease resistant,especially to scab, 'Scrumptious' has been awarded the Award of Garden Merit given by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), which helps gardeners make informed choices about plants. For more details please click here.

Why Choose Frank P Matthews?

Frank P Matthews is the UK’s the finest tree growers situated on fertile lands in the heart of the picturesque Teme Valley, Worcestershire. The team produce over ½ million trees a year with over 600 varieties to choose from. Here are a just few factors that make the quality of their trees unbeatable:

  • High grade out - they have a much higher grade out than most nurseries meaning that only the very best trees make it to our customers
  • Drip irrigation with added nutrients - means the trees get exactly the right amount of water and nutrients to grow strong and healthy whilst avoiding water wastage from unnecessary runoff
  • Formative pruning - the trees are pruned between 3-4 times before they reach the end of production leading to an excellent, well balanced shape that you won’t find elsewhere
  • Experience - family run since 1901, Frank P Matthews has as much experience as any grower
    & often lead the way with research & breeding programmes introducing many famous & award winning varieties
  • UK grown - every tree we sell is UK grown, this reduces any travel time, reduces the risk of disease spread and leaves you with an unbeatable quality of tree
Caring and Maintenance

Caring and Maintenance

Water young trees regularly until roots are well established. Trim annually from mid to late summer. Apply some fertilizer in spring in order to promote healthy growth and a good crop. Optionally, mulch in spring. Check tree ties regularly and loosen any if necessary to avoid rubbing of the stems.
For more details click here

Planting

  • Planting Distance: 3.6m with 4.5m between the rows

Suited to almost all well-drained and moderately fertile soils with pH between 6.5 and 7.5 in a sheltered, full sun location.
Before planting your tree, clean up all wandering weeds and keep a clean ring around the tree base. Water well during the first year until well-established.

Autumn is the best season for planting fruiting trees, as the soil moisture and heat allow easier and faster root establishment and regeneration of damaged root systems.

Pollination

  • Pollination Group: 3

Fruit trees will only produce fruit if their flowers have been pollinated. This is usually done by flying insects such as honey bees, bumblebees, flies, wasps etc. This tree is not self pollinating so it therefore requires another tree nearby of the same fruit species, but of a different variety, that flowers during the same period. The two trees will have to be near each other for the pollination process to be successful. The general consensus is that the two trees should be within 18m (55ft) of each other. To make things slightly easier fruit trees are categorised into different pollination groups. Just remember that the fruit must be of the same species but of a different variety; only an apple tree can pollinate another apple tree. However, if you buy two of these 'Discovery' trees they will not pollinate each other.

The pollination groups are numbered 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, according to flowering time. Best results will be obtained if one variety is planted near another apple tree of the same group. In the UK, because of our longer spring, you can also choose a partner from a group on either side (so an ideal pollination partner for group 3 would be one in group 2, 3 or 4).

Fruit Benefits

These fruits taste best when freshly picked from their branches. They please even the most sophisticated of palates, and can be made into jams and preserves to bring great summer memories on autumn or winter days. Fruit plants are a valuable addition to any garden, bearing in mind that they do not only provide fruits, but also make a bold statement in garden arrangements by producing clouds of pink and white flowers, which at the slightest breeze fall like raindrops. When planning your garden, try to choose varieties with fruits that ripen from early summer to late autumn to ensure a constant supply of fresh fruits throughout the warmer months.

Fruit Tree Rootstocks

Fruit trees are generally budded or grafted onto a rootstock by the nursery, this means the roots of the tree are a different plant to the trunk, branches and fruit. Effectively sticking two plants together, one that has good roots and one that has good fruit, ensures that you get what you pay for. Plants raised from seed will vary from the parent plants and there will be a wide variation in the size or shape of a tree and the quality and quantity of fruit it produces. Another result of budding and grafting a variety onto selected rootstocks is the ability to control the size of the tree to a certain degree. However, the size that a fruit tree ultimately grows to is dependent on a number of factors:

  • The fruit variety ( i.e. Apple Braeburn)
  • How it’s pruned
  • Soil type
  • Position
  • Its rootstock
Some varieties of tree are naturally more vigorous than others, so this will affect how much they grow each year. For instance a Bramley Apple seedling will naturally grow bigger than a Cox’s Orange Pippin Apple seedling. The correct pruning will also help to control the size of tree, as well as encouraging it to produce flower buds from which fruit develop.

Where you grow your fruit tree and the soil it is growing in also impacts on its ability to grow and thus eventual size. Most fruit trees need a good amount of sunshine to grow well and for the fruit to ripen with high sugar content. Trees growing in cold, open spots will grow slower than those that are protected and warm. The same is true for the soil, with trees growing in light sandy soils generally growing more slowly and not reaching such a large size as those in rich fertile soils which will be more vigorous and taller growing.

This is a typical example of our root wrapped trees that you will receive - note the fruit/ornamental trees we stock will vary in appearance according to species and season. Please be aware that the compost around the roots is there just to keep them moist and will fall away when unwrapped, leaving a bare-rooted plant. You can mix this compost with your soil when planting your tree.
 

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