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Court of Wick is a very old variety of apple known to date back to at least 1790 and in all likelihood many decades earlier. It originated in Somerset but don't let that put you off if you live in cooler parts of the UK because this variety is well know for not only withstanding cold well but also windy conditions.

As well as excellent resistance to canker it also has top quality flavour. Sweet and crisp but at the same time full of apple flavour. It makes an excellent eating apple and is unlikely to be grown by any of your neighbours.


PARENTAGE OF COURT OF WICK


There is only one real source for the parentage of Court of Wick and that is Hogg's Fruit Manual. In that book he writes:

"This variety is said to have originated at Court of Wick, near Yatton, in Somersetshire, and to have been raised from seed of the Golden Pippin. In his Survey Somersetshire, Billingsly says, 'The favourite apple, both as a table and cider fruit, is the Court of Wick Pippin, taking its name from the spot where it was first produced. It originated from the pip or seed of the Golden Pippin, and may be considered as a beautiful variety of that fruit. In shape, colour, and flavour it has not its superior.' It was called Wood's Huntingdon from being propagated by Mr. Wood, nurseryman, of Huntingdon, and sent out by him under that name about the year 1790.

APPEARANCE AND TASTE OF COURT OF WICK APPLES


This variety is never going to win any beauty contest. The skin is coloured yellow / light brown with some orange streaks and patches on the side facing the sun. Smaller marks on the surface occur randomly. Overall it lacks any eye appeal. 

The taste however is something quite different. It's definitely a sweet taste but at the same time very full apple-flavoured, more so than most other varieties. The flesh is pale yellow, crisp and very juicy. The apples are slightly smaller than average. Bite into this apple and you won't be disappointed.

 

GROWING COURT OF WICK APPLES IN THE UK


Court of Wick does well in almost all areas of the UK, it is well known for withstanding the cold northern climate of the UK as well as windy coastal areas. The trees are spreading and grow strongly.

This variety is self sterile and needs a nearby suitable pollination partners nearby. It is in pollination group 3.

All the basic rules for growing apple trees apply to Court of Wick. We suggest growing it on MM106 rootstock in average soil and weather conditions.

PRUNING A COURT OF WICK APPLE TREE


Court of Wick produces fruit buds in the most common way, as a spur bearer. See here for more advice on pruning apple trees.

FLOWERING AND HARVEST TIMES:


The average flowering time (optimum time for pollination) and date when fruits are ripe for harvest in the UK for the Court of Wick apple tree are set out below. If you have set your home town we can give you a more accurate estimate, if you have not set your home town (do it now by clicking here) the dates below will be the average for the UK.

Your town has not been set, the average main flowering time for Court of Wick in the UK is the second week of May. Fruit will be ready for harvesting in the third week of September. Click here if you want to set the dates to your home town.

Flowering and fruit picking dates vary according to the weather in any particular growing season so the above dates may well change slightly from one year to the next. The flowering date above is when the apple tree produces the maximum number of blossoms, it will also produce blossom, although less, a week or two either side of the date given.

BUYING COURT OF WICK APPLE TREES


Court of Wick apple trees are something of a rarity in the UK. A few of the online fruit tree suppliers do however stock it. We would choose Victoriana Nursery as our suppliers, they are specialist in these types of apple tree and have competitive prices and excellent service. If you connect to their website here you will be given an automatic 10% discount on everything they sell. No need for a code, the deduction happens automatically at the till.

In common with most other apple trees buying online from a garden centre looks to be the most expensive option although picking up a tree yourself from your local garden centre will give better prices.

Wait until November onwards and bare-rooted trees will be in stock at much cheaper prices compared to pot grown ones.

Remember that all apple trees need a stake to support them for the first couple of years and some require staking for life. So if you haven't got a stake and a tie for your new tree then buy one when you order the tree for convenience.

COMMON POLLINATION PARTNERS FOR COURT OF WICK


Court of Wick is in pollination group 3. It is self-sterile and needs a suitable pollination partner. Suitable pollination varieties include the following:
  • Alkmene - pollination group 2, self-sterile, eater
     
  • Arthur Turner - pollination group 3, self-sterile, cooker
     
  • Beauty of Bath - pollination group 2, self-sterile, eater
     
  • Bountiful - pollination group 3, self-sterile, cooker
     
  • Braeburn - pollination group 4, self-fertile, eater
     
  • Charles Ross - pollination group 3, partially self-fertile, cooker and eater
     
  • Cox's Orange Pippin - pollination group 3, partially self-fertile (see here), eater and cooker
     
  • Devonshire Quarrenden - pollination group 2, partially self-fertile, cooker
     
  • Discovery - pollination group 3, self-sterile, eating and cider
     
  • Dumelows Seedling - pollination group 4, self-sterile, cooker
     
  • Egremont Russet - pollination group 2, partially self-fertile, eater and cooker
     
  • Ellison's Orange - pollination group 4, partially self-fertile, eater
     
  • Fiesta - pollination group 3, partially self-fertile, eater
     
  • Gala - pollination group 4, self-fertile, eater
     
  • Granny Smith - pollination group 3, self fertile, eater and cooker
     
  • Greensleeves - pollination group 2, self-fertile, eater, cooker, juice
     
  • Grenadier - pollination group 3, partially self-fertile, cooker
     
  • Honeycrisp - pollination group 4, self-sterile, eater
     
  • Howgate Wonder - pollination group 3, partially self-fertile, cooker and eater
     
  • Idared - pollination group 2, self-sterile, eater
      
  • James Grieve - pollination group 3, self-sterile, eater, cooker, juicing and cider
     
  • Katy - pollination group 3, self-sterile, eater
     
  • Kidds Orange Red - pollination group 3, self-sterile, eater
     
  • King of The Pippins - pollination group 4, partially self-fertile, eater and cooker
     
  • Laxtons Superb - pollination group 4, partially self-fertile, eater
     
  • Lord Derby - pollination group 4, self-sterile, cooker
     
  • Lord Lambourne - pollination group 2, self-fertile, eater and cooker
     
  • Newton Wonder - pollination group 4, partially self-fertile, cooker
     
  • Peasgoods Nonsuch - pollination group 3, partially self-fertile, cooker
     
  • Rajka - pollination group 4, self-sterile, eater
     
  • Reverend W Wilks - pollination group 2, self-fertile, cooker
     
  • Scrumptious - pollination group 3, self-fertile, eater
     
  • Sops in Wine - pollination group 3, self-sterile, juicer
     
  • Spartan - pollination group 3, self-fertile, eater
     
  • Sunset - pollination group 3, self-fertile, eater
     
  • Tydemans Late Orange - pollination group 4, self-sterile, eater
     
  • Winston - pollination group 4, self-fertile, eater
     
  • Worcester Pearmain - pollination group 3, partially self-fertile, eater

The full list of apple tree varieties which we have reviewed is listed below. Select any one of them and then click the "More Information" button to be taken to the in depth review:


 

 

SUMMARY OF COURT OF WICK APPLE TREES



USE
: Eating

SKIN COLOUR / TEXTURE: Yellow-orange with a few red streaks

FLESH COLOUR: Pale yellow

TASTE AND TEXTURE: Sweet and very full flavoured

FRUIT SIZE: Average

STORAGE: Two months

SUITABILITY FOR CORDON / ESPALIER GROWTH: Yes

TREE SIZE: Slightly larger than average
 
REGULARITY OF CROPPING: Reliable cropper

POLLINATION: Self-sterile. Pollination Group 3 (see here for suitable partners)

AWARDS: None.

SPECIAL FEATURES: Very hardy, full of apple flavour

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