One of the best early eating apple varieties, Malus Domestica Discovery, more commonly known as Apple Discovery, is a small, deciduous fruiting apple. Fan-trained, this dessert apple tree takes up little lateral space which makes it great for smaller urban gardens. In the spring, white, 5-petalled flowers envelop Apple Discovery, their profusion indicating an abundant crop to come. In the late summer, the fruit ripens, and sweet, crisp, juicy apples can be harvested. Scrumptious, with an attractive yellow skin flushed with red, Discovery apples can have just a hint of strawberry flavour. Best eaten straight from the tree, this variety of dessert apples can also be used for juicing.
Thriving in most garden soils, this fan-trained apple tree prefers full sun to partial shade. Although not very fussy about the type of soil, Apple Discovery flourishes in soil that’s moderately fertile, enriched with organic compost or humus. Less susceptible to a number of pests than other eating apple varieties, Discovery is generally considered resistant and tough. When not fan-trained, Discovery apple trees can grow to be circa 4 to 8 metres tall and wide. However, since these cultivars are fan-trained, their ultimate spread doesn’t exceed 2 metres in height and up to 4.5 metres in width. Despite the compact size of this delicious apple variety, the crop is quite productive.
Native to the United Kingdom, Apple Discovery is fully hardy in all of Britain and Ireland. Resistant to frost and low winter temperatures, this variety of eating apple needs no sheltering in the colder months. A reliable, robust variety, this fan-trained apple tree is the recipient of the Award of Garden Merit by Royal Horticultural Society.
Low-maintenance and compact, Apple Discovery is an ideal choice for urban gardens. This fan-trained apple tree won’t take up much space, and when grown against a south-facing, sunny wall, they’ll provide you with an abundance of juicy, delicious apples.
Since Malus Domestica Discovery isn’t self-pollinating, take a look at our other eating apple varieties that could serve as pollinating neighbours.