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16/12/2013 at 13:01

Can anyone recommend the best way to identify tree varieties in my orchard? The house was built in the 40s so some of them look really old but they're all providing lots of fruit, mainly apples

16/12/2013 at 13:48

The RHS holds Fruit Identification days each year - details of 2013 dates and venues are here - of course you're too late for them now, but there will be details for 2014 on their website nearer the time.

16/12/2013 at 14:24

Also Apple Days are held all over in the Autumn.  The Orange Pippin site is good for pictures and also the Brogdale site. 

16/12/2013 at 17:17

You can send apple samples off to Brogdale for identification, but there's a charge for this.

16/12/2013 at 22:28

This website might help you with identification-


17/12/2013 at 17:04

Yes, I found the above mentioned sites helpful in identifying fruit.  Visited Brogdale yesterday for the first time, as my OH was buying me an apple tree for Christmas - chose the 'Red Devil' and also a 'Concorde' pear. Lucky old me!

18/12/2013 at 11:48

I find this quite helpful:

19/12/2013 at 08:05 from steephill

Yes, I found the above mentioned sites helpful in identifying fruit. easy to follow self id steps.I now think my unlabled tree saved from garden centre reduced plants section ,is a Prince Edward which bears fruit very nicely in my garden.Thank you steephill.

19/12/2013 at 15:45

If submitting samples remember that the foliage is also a useful tool in helping to identify apple varieties. 

21/12/2013 at 11:52

Thanks everyone  - that's really helpful. I need to trim the ones that are there - take out the cross over ones and dead ones. Can I shock the tree if I cutback the other branches by a 1/3?

23/12/2013 at 10:25

Apples are quite tough, I wouldn't reduce the tree crown by more than about 1/4 to 1/5. Most trees will be fine but if it's a valued tree I wouldn't take the chance. It's best to do it over several years if you want a large reduction. Just as a general rule that is. Something like a Bramley would be fine if you hacked it to the ground I'm sure.

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