Spur Bearing Apple Trees
Spur bearing apple trees refer to those trees which fruits are growing from the small spurs instead of the tip of the branches. These tree varieties usually have a hard main stem with an upright growing pattern. This feature can lower the risk of damage of some branches because of overloaded amount of fruits on their tips. So, they need very little maintenance for supporting or pruning by gardeners due to its special fruiting pattern. Most those apple trees are not as tall as the tip bearing apple trees, making them produce fruits earlier than other trees.
Some garden beginners are still struggle to differentiate the tip bearing trees from the spur bearing trees. The simplest way to identify them is to observer their flowering location. Flowering on tips means the tip bearing tree. Generally, the spurs on apple tree won’t exceed 10 inches in length and flowering on these spurs indicate the spur ones. Some tree varieties have a combination of both patterns as well.
Usually, tip bearing trees will grow apples from the tip of the old branches from the early years. You should avoid removing those branches otherwise the production will be affected. For spur varieties, there is no need to identify the old branches prior to any trimming jobs. You still need to pay extra attention on the old spurs because careless removal of them will still lower the production of apples in harvesting season. Some good examples of spur bearing trees include Ace Spur Delicious, Goldspur, Red Delicious Spur and Spur McIntosh.
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