Discovery apple tree
Malus domestica 'Discovery'
- Picking season: Early
- Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
- Pollination group: 3
- Awards: RHS AGM (current)
Discovery is the definitive early-season English apple variety.
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Dwarf 1-year bare-root tree
Mature height: 6ft-9ft after 10 years
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Discovery is probably the most well-known early English apple variety, ripening in late August. It is very easy to grow, and has excellent natural disease resistance.
Discovery is grown commercially on a small scale in the UK, but it has a very short shelf-life, and shop-bought apples can be disappointing if not picked at exactly the right time. For this reason Discovery is definitely a variety that is better grown in the garden, and preferably eaten straight from the tree - although it will keep in a fridge for a week if necessary.
In some years there is a hint of strawberry flavor, which adds to the summery appeal.
Discovery also excels as a variety for juicing, as it produces a very well-balanced sweet/sharp juice
How to grow
Although a very "English" apple, Discovery is known to be very cold-hardy, and able to tolerate temperatures much lower than those usually found in the UK.
A characteristic of Discovery is that the tree will often drop quite a lot of apples near maturity. It's best to wait a bit longer if you can, rather than taking this as a cue to start picking.
Discovery is also a good choice for organic growers or gardeners who do not want to spray their trees - it has good natural disease resistance. The apples are invariably clean with a good finish.
Advice on fruit tree pollination.
Discovery is a seedling of another popular English early apple, Worcester Pearmain, found in Essex, UK, in 1949.
- Gardening skillBeginner
- Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
- Pollination group3
- Pollinating othersAverage
- Bearing regularityRegular
- Fruit bearingPartial tip-bearer
- WildlifeRHS Plants for Pollinators
- Picking seasonEarly
- UsesEating freshJuice - One of the best early-season varieties for juicing
- Keeping (of fruit)1 week
- Flavor style (apples)Sweet/Sharp
- General resistanceGood
- CankerSome resistance
- ScabVery resistant
- Cold hardiness (USDA)(5) -20F / -29C
- Summer maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)Hot (>30C / 86F)Cold (< 20C / 67F)
- Country of originUnited Kingdom
- Period of origin1900 - 1949
- Fruit colorRed
- AwardsRHS AGM (current)