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The Mother Tree is an initiative of Schumacher College, a department of The Dartington Hall Trust,

which is registered in England as a company limited by guarantee (no. 1485560) and a charity (no 279756).

Registered office: The Elmhirst Centre, Dartington Hall, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 6EL.  VAT no. 402196875.

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Found in 1785 in the garden of The Hall at Tolleshunt D’Arcy in Essex. This apple is renowned for its unique flavour: hot, spicy, and almost nutmeg-like, reminiscent of mince pies. No need to add exotic spices for this apple. It is traditionally picked on Guy Fawkes night (November 5th) and stored in sacks hung on the trees or packed away in trunks, best consumed after January.  It is a remarkable keeper; still retaining flavour and edible as a dessert apple in May.  The apple is green with dark orchre russet patches and occasional purplish brown flush. Cropping can be a little erratic but in a good year it is worth the wait.


Flowering group D (Mid)


MM106 rootstock gives a semi-dwarfing tree that will reach 4m in height. It will start fruiting at 3-4 years.


Tree comes as a maiden whip (1 year tree with no branches). The trees are bareroot, so the tree will arrive with bare roots (without soil) wrapped up ready for planting out or heeling in. Available only in dormant season (November-April).

D'arcy Spice MM106 1 yr

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