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Laxtons Superb Apple Tree
An old fashioned English apple variety, Laxton's Superb (Malus domestica 'Laxton's Superb') is the end result of a cross between the apple varieties Wyken Pippin x Cox's Orange Pippin, and first introduced in 1897. A sweet and aromatic apple possessing similar characteristics as Cox's Orange Pippin. The apples are flushed with red stripes, which tend to give them a somewhat old-fashioned appearance.
Laxton's Superb can sometimes only produce apples bienally (every second year). This is because it uses all its resources to make the blossoms and fruits in one year and does not have enough reserves to make blossoms the next year. To get round this issue, remove 25% -50% of the blossom in April/May time on the year that it is due to crop heavily. Choose the blooms closest to the trunk, those that look weak etc. This should then even out the crops to two smaller ones over two years instead of one heavy one every 2.
It is a very hardy apple variety, so well-suited to the colder areas of the United Kingdom.
Month of Picking: October
Type of Apple: Eating
Self-fertile/Not self-fertile: This apple is not self-fertile and requires another apple to act as a pollination partner.
This apple is in flowering period is C4. It needs another apple tree nearby from groups C3,C4 or C5 to produce apples.
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Hi there, Just wanting to thank you for the communications along the way. The Laxtons Superb Apple tree arrived last week and my son is very pleased with it. Seems to be an excellent specimen - I will look forward to ordering more by and by. Kind wishes, Anne 0421
Hi Alan, Thanks for the e-mail. Yes, very pleased with the 4 fruit trees which all arrived in one piece, in the right place at the right time. They are now safely growing as cordons against (or rather near) my newly pained back wall. The cardboard from the decent packaging is now on my compost heap. The Prunus Serrula that I bought in August is also flourishing in my front garden. Very pleased with the service, the descriptions and the trees themselves. Regards Pat Dauncey 1013
Quick Fruit Tree Links
Take a look at our TOP SELLING FRUIT TREES, Wet ground issues then choose a PEAR TREE first, followed by APPLE TREES. For more information on pollination please look at POLLINATION EXPLAINED or choosing the CORRECT POLLINATION PARTNER
Fruit Tree Life Expectancy
Most fruit trees will give you AT LEAST 40 years of fruit. Pears can go to 70. Records of 200 year old trees exist but this is the exception, not the rule.
Do I Need To Stake My Bare Root Fruit Tree?
9 out of 10 times the answer will be no, especially if under 200cm tall. However our article on Tree Staking should help guide you.
Climate Change has increased aesthetic foliage issues such as Powdery Mildew, Shothole, Rust, frost damage etc These are not terminal issues and will usually last a season or less. All trees are inspected before being sent out to ensure they are fundamentally healthy and will bounce back.
Planting In The Corner Of A Garden
Air and light is reduced in this location which could promote fungus and bacterial issues. If the corner is of the house and a fence then you also have leeching issues to contend with from cement and wood preservatives. Also when it rains, that area would experience higher water levels so we advise against it unless the plant is very hardy.
Fruit Tree Heights
Taller does not mean more value for money. A 1 year old fruit tree can easily be substantially higher than a 2 year old, this is because they are hard pruned at 1 year old to create the desired shape. Some trees have over 100cm of height removed. They can then have another pruning at 2 years old to increase fruit growing real estate. Most fruit trees will benefit from having a third to half of the seasons new growth cut back in the Autumn to prevent long whippy branches which break easily. Age and pruning completed determine real value.
Apple Tree Jargon Explained
| ||MM106 ||Grows to a final height of around 3.6 metres. Usually delivered around 120-180cm for 2-3 year tree. || |
| ||MM106+ ||Grows to a final height of around 3.6 metres. Usually delivered around 180-240cm for 2-3 year tree. || |
| ||M9 ||Grows to a final height of around 2.5 metres. Usually delivered around 120-180cm for 2-3 year tree. || |
| ||M26 ||Grows to a final height of around 3.0 metres. Usually delivered around 120-180cm for 2-3 year tree. || |
| ||M27 ||Grows to a final height of around 1.5 metres. Usually delivered around 120-180cm for 2-3 year tree. || |
| ||CORDON ||Pruned to produce apples very quickly (1-3 years), favoured with commercial growers. More columnar than round shape. Less of a harvest compared to MM106. || |
| ||BUSH ||Clear stem of 45cm before branches grow out. || |
| ||HALF STANDARD ||Clear stem of 1 m. Conventional tree shape allowing easy grass mowing or companion planting. || |
| ||MAIDEN ||1-2 years old, no pruning or shaping. Blank slate for you to shape and train. || |
| ||PATIO ||Shaped to produce compact bush proportional for pot size, ideal for container growing. || |
| ||(12L), (3L) etc ||The size of the pot measured in litres. || |
| ||SELF FERTILE ||Will produce fruit without another apple tree nearby. || |
| ||C1,C2,C3,C4,C5 ||If your apple tree is NOT SELF FERTILE (they will be listed f they are) then you will need a second apple tree nearby of a similar number i.e. the same or one above or one below. So an apple tree from a C3 requires a C2, C3 or C4 planted close by for it to produce fruit. Triploids are an exception, see below. || |
| ||Bare Root ||Available from November to March only. Comes with no pot or dirt around roots and is cheaper than potted options. Orders purchased outside this time will be held for delayed delivery until the next season starts. || |
| ||TRIPLOID ||You have a selfish tree. It will be pollinated by other trees but the pollen it has to offer is useless. See TRIPLOID POLLINATION for more information. || |
Apple Tree Ages and heights
All our apple trees have been pruned and shaped to get the best results and are inspected by an apple tree expert before being sent to you. Maiden apple trees are 1-2 years old, the rest are 2-3 years old. Heights vary depending on root stock however 1.5 to 2+ metres tall is an average apple tree height at delivery.