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Monty's Surprise apple trees

Malus domestica
Monty's Surprise is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Picking season: Late
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Flowering group: 3

Monty's Surprise is a late-season dual-purpose apple from New Zealand, primarily used for eating fresh.

The apples are typically quite large, with a pale green skin extensively covered wtih red flush.

All apples have anti-oxidants in the skin and flesh and pips, but Monty's Surprise apples typically have very high levels of these compounds, which are thought to be beneficial for human health.

The apples do not keep for long, and juicing is perhaps the best way to preserve the valuable anti-oxidants - the juice can easily be frozen.

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Monty's Surprise organic apple trees for sale

  • 1Maidentree on M9 rootstock 19.45€
    Small tree (1.5m-2.5m after 10 years) Bare-root
  • 2Maidentree on MM111 rootstock 19.45€
    Large tree (3m-5m after 10 years) Bare-root
  • 3Maidentree on Bittenfelder rootstock 19.45€
    Very large tree (5m-6m+ after 10 years) Bare-root
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The original Monty's Surprise apple tree was found growing as a chance seedling in New Zealand at the end of the 20th century. The lone tree was estimated to be roughly 80-90 years old at the time - so the pip it grew from must have fallen to the ground around the period of the First World War.

Monty's Surprise characteristics

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Flowering group3
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • PloidyDiploid
  • Fruit bearingSpur-bearer
  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climates
  • Picking seasonLate
  • Season of use2-3 weeks
  • CroppingGood
  • Food usesEating freshCulinaryDual purpose
  • Disease resistanceAverage
  • Country of originNew Zealand
  • Period of origin2000
  • Flesh colourWhite
  • Fruit colourOrange flushRed / Green
  • Fruit sizeLarge