Malus Domestica Sweet Caroline or Apple Sweet Caroline, is a reliable apple tree which will provide you with not only lovely apple blossoms in spring, but a good crop of late-season dessert apples in autumn!
Developed in the Netherlands as a cross between two of the world’s most popular apples, McIntosh and Golden Delicious, Malus Domestica Sweet Caroline is a sweet dessert apple which is a good choice for a small UK garden. In April and May, the branches are covered with lovely pink-white blossoms which will attract bees to complete the important task of pollination. In summer, the leafy, open crown will provide dappled shade in hot weather as the apples grow and mature. By early October the medium-sized apples will be ready to pick. Malus Domestica Sweet Caroline has a yellow skin overlaid with a pale red blush. The flesh is sweet with a hint of sour, and is perfect not only for fresh eating but also for baking.
Hardy in most parts of the UK, Malus Domestica Sweet Caroline will grow to a mature height of 4 metres in 5 to 10 years. Like all apple trees, annual pruning in winter is necessary to maintain the tree properly. Malus Domestica Sweet Caroline is not self-fertile, so make sure that there is a suitable pollination partner in the vicinity, such as its parent tree Golden Delicious or Summerred, another cross from the McIntosh cultivar.
Plant Malus Domestica Sweet Caroline in full sun or partial shade in well-drained sand, clay, or loam soil with a neutral pH. This fruit tree is a good choice for pruning or training as an espalier, cordon, or fan against a wall or fence, providing not only a leafy ornamental screen in summer, but a display of fragrant blossoms in spring, and then a crop of sweet apples in autumn, and even winter interest with the architectural form of its bare branches. In a small city garden, a Malus Domestica Sweet Caroline tree can be kept to an appropriate size when used as the focal point in the lawn of an informal garden, or planted at the back of a mixed border to provide dappled shade. In a larger rural garden, it can be allowed to grow to its full size for a true country atmosphere!
Malus Domestica Sweet Caroline will give your UK garden sweet apples, fragrant flowers, and leafy shade, making it an excellent all-round addition to your landscape!