[nafex] tip bearing apple varieties?

Nell Lancaster nlancaster at rockbridge.net
Fri May 4 08:53:42 EDT 2001

Don Yellman said about Cortland and other tip bearers

> they bloom and bear out there on the ... end of the branches, often on
> smaller twigs.  If you routinely prune this stuff off, you lose your
> blooms.  I have found that, even when the clusters are thinned to one
> fruit, they tend not to size up as well as apples on spurs or interior
> branches.  For some reason, they also seem more vulnerable to insects and
> diseases out there, and if they do put on any size the branches droop
> down bigtime.  I don't much like the dang things, but I've got several of
> them, and many of the "antique" apple varieties seem to come only with
> this style of bearing.

So "tip bearing" is the opposite of "spur fruiting"?  While I was reading 
up on espalier growing, there was mention of the importance of using spur 
fruiting varieties.  It seemed from what I'd read that all or most apples 
were spur fruiting (vs., say xx), so I figured that most varieties would do 
fine.  But now I wonder, especially about some of the antique apples I was 
thinking of using.

Don, or all, are there other cultivars that come to mind as tending to tip 


Nell Lancaster, Lexington VA <nlancaster at rockbridge.net>
western foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains

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