Diamond Apple (1850, Barmouth)
History & Discovery
In 1820 the Diamond was the fastest ship on the Atlantic. On the night of 2nd January 1825, Captain Macey misjudged his approach to Liverpool and the ship was wrecked on Sarn Padrig, an undersea reef in Cardigan Bay.
The cargo of premium apples was washed ashore. Seedlings from these fruit eventually gave rise to the famous Diamond Orchard of Dyffryn Ardudwy. Diamond apples were especially popular in Barmouth Market in the 1850’s.
Two local men were returning with their fortunes from America, one drowned – dragged to his doom by his Gold. His friend threw his money belt into the sea and was saved, only to die a pauper in Caernarfon. American Gold coins can still be found on the nearby beach.
The juice has a refreshing balance of sweetness and a vinous acidity. Picking time and pollination group are uncertain at this time.
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 (left) and small tie-on label included.