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ShepherdsBarnShepherdsBarn DevonPosts: 191
I have recently asked this question in the 'Fruit and Veg' category, with no response, so I am hoping that I am allowed to re-ask the question and that someone is able to provide an answer. My apologies if this is a really silly question!
Please can anyone tell me whether it is possible to ID an apple type from the flowers and leaves alone? I know that experts can identify the fruit but just wondered about the blossom.

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  • Mr. Vine EyeMr. Vine Eye Posts: 2,071
    Impossible unfortunately, unless that particular variety of apple had an unusual flower or leaf colour. But of the hundreds of different varieties of apple - the blossom will be white or pink tinged fading to white and the leaves will be pretty much identical. So there’s nothing to tell them apart. It’s the fruit that’s more distinctive as you say.
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,577
    I agree with the above.
    Every single seed in in an apple will produce a different type of tree and fruit - they are very promiscuous plants! So the varieties are endless.

    There are wild apples in the hedgerows here from where people have dropped a core or a bird has dropped seed. Most of them have a horrible taste even if they look very appetizing and some are still hanging on the bare trees in January.
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • ShepherdsBarnShepherdsBarn DevonPosts: 191
    Thank you both for your replies. We inherited 5 mature trees when we moved to our cottage 15 years ago ... one looks and tastes just like a bramley and one like a russet - I will just have to wait until they fruit. Unfortunately, I never seem to be able to make it to the 'apple days' that are held in the autumn - so one last question, if I posted some photos on here can the apple types be identified?
    Thanks again for your replies. 😊
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,577
     - so one last question, if I posted some photos on here can the apple types be identified?
    Thanks again for your replies. 😊
    There's no harm in trying - post some pics and see what comes back.
    We all enjoy having a go at IDing stuff here :)
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • Joyce GoldenlilyJoyce Goldenlily Posts: 1,359
    I had an apple tree I wanted to be identified some years ago. I sent 5 typical apples to Wisley who told me it was a very old variety called King of the Pippins. It was delicious but sadly the trunk had split and only survived a few more years.
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