Pig Aderyn (St Dogmaels)
History & Discovery
These apple trees are still found growing at St Dogmaels Abbey near Carmarthen. An old Welsh variety perhaps of Norman origin.
A midseason eating apple with sweet and juicy flesh. It is green skinned with deep scarlet stripes. The top of the apple resembles a bird’s beak which is “pig aderyn” in Welsh. Pig Aderyn also makes an excellent single vintage cider. The Bishop of St David’s is recorded as having criticized the St Dogmaels Monks for their excessive drinking!
Be sure to visit the White Hart pub opposite the Abbey if you are in the area.
Pollination Group B.
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.