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Discovery Apple Tree

Eating Apple Trees
  • £39.99 (VAT Free)
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A fantastic early dessert apple Discovery is beautiful with smooth, red skin. Juicy, crisp, pink, sweet flesh makes this a popular choice. The flavour of Apple Discovery is often likened to strawberries so it makes the ideal sweet apple for children. The Apple Discovery is tough and suited to Northern or more difficult areas. Crops of juicy red apples ripen in August and should be eaten straight from the tree. Apple Discovery is from Essex in 1949. As a group B apple any apple in group A, B or C will act as a good pollination partner when located within a half mile radius.

  • Use: Eating Apple
  • Cropping period: Early season (August)
  • Keeping period: < 1 month
  • Flavour: Strawberries, sweet
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Heritage: Essex 1949
  • Pollination group: B
  • Height in 10 years*: M26 2.5-3m, MM106 4-5m

*This is an indication of the un-pruned height of this variety of apple tree on the different rootstocks in 10 years. Variations on these heights will occur when different factors are introduced such as planting position, pruning, geography etc.

Planting Advice For Discovery Apple Trees

Discovery is a group B apple tree and requires a suitable pollinator within a half mile radius. Apple trees should be spaced according to their rootstock, for example an MM106 (semi-vigorous) rootstock will require approx. 4.5 metres between trees, whereas an M27 (very dwarf) rootstock will require approx. 1.5 metres between trees.

Our pot grown apple trees can be planted at any time of the year but bare root ones need to be planted between November and March. Remove weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole then dig a hole slightly deeper than your root mass and approximately 3x as wide. To help your tree establish more effectively, apply root grow. Gently loosen the roots and place into the planting hole. Using 50% of the original soil and 50% compost, fill in the hole and firm around gently. Make sure not to bank the soil up around the collar of the tree. We recommend planting fruit trees using a stake and tie and a rabbit guard.

The Apple Tree Planting, Pruning & Care guide has more detailed information on planting apple trees, as well as videos on planting trees and using stakes and ties.

Watering & Aftercare Advice For Discovery Apple Trees

If you’re planting in spring or summer, water well and regularly for the first few months. If you’re planting in autumn, you may only need to water your tree a little. It is important to keep an eye on young fruit trees and increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. Keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons. The Apple Tree guide linked to above provides further advice.

Pruning Advice For Discovery Apple Trees

Pruning young apple trees for the first few years after planting ensures a healthy, goblet-like shape. Your tree should have one central leader and several side shoots. Straight after planting, you can remove the lowest laterals. Prune back other branches by between a third and half their length.

In the following years, remove any shoots growing out of the trunk to maintain a clear stem. Also remove any crossing, diseased or damaged branches. If your tree is looking overcrowded, remove some of the larger branches to open up the canopy. This type of pruning should be carried out between November and March. The Apple Tree guide linked to above provides detailed pruning advice.

Delivery Timescales

Most deliveries are made within a week of placing the order. All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team, with many despatched to our tried and tested couriers within 24 hours (please allow up to 10 days). There's no need to be in to receive your trees and you can request where they are left via the checkout.

There is a slightly longer timescale on pleached and mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height) because we group orders together by geographic area for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers to notify them of the delivery date and whether the delivery driver needs assistance.

Gift trees and those required by a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure, although we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.

Our nursery is a busy despatch centre, so please make an appointment to collect or view trees.  For collections, despatch charges will be refunded.

Delivery Costs

1 small tree (most trees with a height under 1.5 metres) : £7.95 + vat

1 medium tree (most trees 1.5-2 metres in height) or 2-4 small trees: £9.95 + vat

2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £12.95 + vat

1-4 large trees (trees too large to fit in a box): £19.95 + vat

Mature, pleached or 5+ large trees: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode. You can buy additional trees with no increase in delivery cost.

The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process.

Northern Ireland, Channel Islands and Non Mainland UK

Our courier charges are not viable for just one or two trees, but if you have a larger requirement then please do speak to us to see if we can find a solution.

The rootstock of a tree defines the height that it will eventually reach. All fruit trees can be pruned to control their height but it is advisable to choose a rootstock most suited to your needs in the first instance.

MM106 (semi-vigorous)
4-5 metres (13-16 feet) in 10 years - ideal for smaller orchards, individual specimen trees and espalier training. Our most popular rootstock for all but the very small garden.

M26 (semi-dwarf)
2.5-3 metres (8-9 feet) in 10 years - Ideal for smaller gardens as specimen trees and suited to cordon training.

M9 (dwarf)
2-2.5 metres (6-8 feet) in 10 years - Perfect for tight spots and patio growing in containers, also well suited to training as a cordon.

M27 (very dwarf)
2 metres (6 feet) in 10 years - The smallest of the dwarf apple trees, M27 is ideal for growing in a pot and the smallest of gardens.

The product table gives the sizes and forms offered for this variety, along with photos you can enlarge (these are only a guideline as all plants are unique so vary slightly). Below are definitions of various forms, which refer to the shape of the tree defined by the pruning it has received. For more information, please contact us.

Single Stem / Pruned and shaped: Classic shaped tree with a single stem that has had pruning to help create a beautiful, natural shape.

Top grafted: A height noted next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Top grafted trees do not require complicated pruning and are ideal for small spaces.

Multi Stem: A multi stem tree is has two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system. Take care to buy a true multi-stem like all ours and not those that are 3 saplings in a pot to cheaply imitate them.

Feathered: A feathered tree has branches from the bottom of the trunk all the way up. These branches can be removed if a clear stem is required.

Bush: A plant with many stems low down, rather than one clear stem.

Climber: A plant that is a natural climber and will be delivered usually running up a bamboo cane, ready to position in the garden.

Standard Tree: A more mature tree with an upright clear stem of approximately 1.8m-2.0m (measured from the soil to the lowest branch), which supports a branched crown. Standards are available in different forms relating to their girth size (circumference of the stem measured 1m above soil level), not height.

Standard  either 6-10cm or 8-10cm girth, approximately 2.5-3.0m in height
Premium Standard  10-12cm girth, approximately 3.0-3.5m in height
Heavy Standard  12-14cm girth, approximately 3.5-4.5m in height
Extra Heavy Standard 14-16cm girth approximately 4.0-6m in height

Plant Specification rootstock Root type typePrice Quantity Qty
Discovery Apple Tree rootstock: M26 (semi-dwarf) Root type: 12L pot type: 2 year old / 120-150cm Discovery Apple Tree Price £39.99 (VAT Free)
M26 (semi-dwarf) 12L pot 2 year old / 120-150cm £39.99 (VAT Free)
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Discovery Apple Tree rootstock: MM106 (semi-vigorous) Root type: 12L pot type: 2 year old / 150-180cm Discovery Apple Tree Price £39.99 (VAT Free)
MM106 (semi-vigorous) 12L pot 2 year old / 150-180cm £39.99 (VAT Free)
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