Channel Beauty (1922, Swansea)
History & Discovery
Some of these old apple trees are still found growing in the Swansea area. It was raised by C.H.Evans, Mumbles. It was received into the National Fruit Collection in 1922. It was colloquially known as “Gower/Gwyr”.
A heavy cropping late dessert apple. Pick in October and use from November to January. A Cox’s Orange Pippin seedling with a good savoury taste, crisp and juicy.
Rootstock & Eventual Tree Size
All fruit trees are grafted onto rootstocks. The rootstocks determine eventual tree size.
Bigger trees are more robust & produce more fruit, but take up more space.
Always choose a bigger rootstock if you need extra anchorage or your soil is poor (very wet, dry or rocky). Small trees cannot compete with grass and weeds.
If you want your fruit tree to remain smaller than its eventual tree size, simply prune back in the summer.
(Unsure about summer pruning? Check out our video guide https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlF_ekXp5PA)
Pollination Group B
Bilingual product label and small “Welsh to the Core!” tie-on label (left) included.