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Malus Domestica Greensleeves Apple Tree Fan Trained
The hybrid Malus Domestica Greensleeves apple tree was first developed in 1966 by the East Malling Research Station in Kent, England, but not released to the public until 1977. These particular specimens are Fan Trained apple trees, meaning they have been trained to grow in a spreading fan shape. Fan trained fruit trees take up little lateral space and are ideal for growing against a sunny south-facing wall. Fan training is a highly ornamental way of growing fruit trees and tends to lead to heavy cropping. The technique is not dissimilar to espaliered fruit trees.
Unlike many other varieties of apple trees which tend to grow quite large, the Greensleeves Apple Tree has a compact growth habit which further enhances its suitability for being fan-trained.
During the early spring months, the Greensleeves apple tree produces a profusion of dainty blossoms. The tree’s blooms appear as scarlet red buds that unfurl in shades of soft pink and white.
The Greensleeves Apple Tree has unique juicy characteristics which are a direct result of its mixed parentage between the Golden Delicious and the James Grieve apple trees. In 1981, the tree was awarded the Royal Horticultural Society Award of Merit.
The Malus Domestica Greensleeves tree is easy to grow and produces an abundance of juicy, yellow apples. It is partially self-fertile so you don’t have to worry about planting two trees to attain fruit. However, with a suitable pollinator nearby the tree produces even more apples each year.
During the first portion of the fruiting season the tree’s apples are a lime green colour, but as they ripen they taken on a golden yellow hue. If the weather is overly warm prior to harvest, the tree’s apples often develop a rosy blush on the side of the fruit that faces the sun.
Malus Domestica Greensleeves fruit is considered an optimum blend of sweet and acidic flavours. The apples are crisp and crunchy with ample juice. The middle lacks the woodiness that many apple varieties have, so the Greensleeves’ apples are good to almost the last bite.
The Greensleeves apple tree is relatively easy to grow and tolerates a wide array of soil types. When first planted it appreciates evenly moist soil. It grows best in full sunlight to partial shade.
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