Dear Anne Flore,
this is your tree!
Information about your tree:
Species: Apple Belle de Boskoop (Malus domestica var. Belle de Boskoop),
Location: Ferme du Plessis, 28190 Pontgouin, France,
Purpose: Afforestation for an eco-village,
Date of plantation: February 2019 (date to define),
Status: Hosted in the tree nursery, ready to be planted.
Description of your tree:
The apple (Malus domestica) is a deciduous tree, which can grow up to 10m of height in nature, although it usually doesn’t grow taller than 2m when cultivated for making fruit picking easier. When cultivated, the size, shape and branch density are determined by rootstock selection and trimming method. The leaves are alternately arranged dark green-colored simple ovals with serrated margins and slightly downy undersides.
Apple blossom are produced in spring simultaneously with the budding of the leaves. The 3 to 4 cm flowers are white with a pink tinge that gradually fades, five petaled, with an inflorescence consisting of a cyme with 4–6 flowers.
Belle de Boskoop is an apple variety which originated in Boskoop, South Netherlands. This cultivar variety began as a chance seedling in 1856 and it was quickly spread all over Europe, in particular in French regions of Normandy and Brittany (Bretagne).
This apple tree variety is very strong and water tolerant, but cannot stand dry soil and its flowers and fruits are vulnerable to frost. Its fruits ripens between October and November and they are appreciated for their generous quantity of vitamin C (which can be up to 4 times more abundant than other apple varieties) and sugar. These features make them suitable for either fresh consumption and culinary purposes.
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