Seal Beach CA 1949


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Pettingill apple tree is a very low chill tree which ripens late September into October in Southern California coastal climate. Pettingill apple tree was discovered as a chance seedling by Clark Pettingill in 1949, in Seal Beach a small beach town just south of Long Beach. Large fruit with red flush over green skin. Flesh crisp and juicy with good sugar-acid balance. Pettingill apples are enhanced after several weeks of cold storage. Recognized as a great pie apple. Fruits best if only lightly pruned.Please see below for further insight on our heirloom apple tree Pettingill and discover additional consideration for selecting the appropriate fruit trees to buy for your home and small farm. 


CCOF Certified Organic:  Our apple trees (exception noted) grown by Trees of Antiquity are USDA Organic, Certified by California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF). Our growing methods restore, maintain and enhance ecological harmony by avoiding the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and genetic modification (GMO) species. Reg. #40-002449

Growing Considerations for Pettingill
Seal Beach CA 1949

USDA Zones: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

Uses: Cider, Desserts / Pies, Fresh Eating

Harvest Period: Late

Low Chill: Yes

Bloom Period: Midseason

Pollination Requirement: Self-Fertile

Origin Date: 1945 and beyond

Storage: 3-4 weeks

Rootstock: MM 111 (semi-dwarf)

Years to Bear: 2-4 years

Recommended Spacing: 10-12 ft.

Mature Size: 12-16 ft.

Pruning: Summer prune to maintain 8 ft.

Water Requierments: 12-15 gallons per week May through Sept.

Shape when Shipped: Whip (no branching)

Size supplied when shipped:   Our trees range in height from 4-8 ft. in our field and trimmed to 4 to 5 ft. when shipped. Our young two year trees are most often feathered (side limbs). The trees diameter (caliper) is often 1/2  to 3/4 inch;  *As noted by University of California Scientists and other qualified professionals the most successful trees often have caliper from 1/2" to 5/8" and usually establish faster than smaller and larger planting stock.

Basic idea for Pruning:  Most fruit trees should be pruned in frost-free periods mid to late winter. (apricots best after bud break) Remove most vertical branches and shorten side branches. Fruiting wood is best on horizontal to 45 degree limbs. Learn more...                                                             

Shipping Note:  Our fruit trees and berries are delivered to you bareroot during their winter dormancy from January through May depending on USDA zone. Trees are shipped with your invoice and helpful planting directions. There is no minimum quantity required but shipping rate for an individual tree is expensive since UPS/Fed Ex charge a dimensional weight and an additional handling fee to ship a tree. You'll find it's cost effective to consider a handful of trees,vines or our helpful Tree Starter Kits.

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lawrence groves
4 of 5 Stars
So 2 years in we got our first apple stripped red and yellow tart and just ok. tree is young and is looking happy here in Temecula California (300) chilling hours. spreading habit and easy to espalier. I think it need a couple of more years to reach full potential


This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 30 November, 1999.