The Guardbridge Community garden is full of surprises! Not least an apple tree with an actual name label still attached.
The Cambusnethan Pippin apple tree was struggling along, despite it’s main leader branch having been snapped, the encroachment of a very vigorous poplar sucker system, and plenty of neglect, it was still staked and gamely trying to grow towards the light.
A little googling later and we discovered that the Cambusnethan pippin is a very old variety (pre 1750) from the Clyde Valley. The fruit is dual purpose (can be eaten as a desert or cooking apple) and can be stored.
The Cambusnethan Pippin tree has been weeded and mulched, the encroaching poplar cut away. The apple tree itself has been cut back quite severely to encourage growth of more side branches (the single remaining leader was growing out at quite an angle, with no side branches). It is unlikely to produce any fruit this year, but hopefully with the attention given to it this winter it might start to produce a few apples in 2020
picture of apples from Wikimedia Commons
Some Cambusnethan pippin Info:
It is self sterile and requires a pollination partner (there is a crab apple tree at the garden which will be a good pollinator for all culinary apple trees);
it is in Pollination group D;
As a partial tip-bearer it will produce fruit mainly on the ends of branches (but with a few on spurs on the branches) of last year’s growth.