The Wickson apple tree is my favorite Albert Etter introduction. Albert Etter named this apple after E.J. Wickson, distinguished California pomologist, who was his friend and mentor. Wickson apple is a perfect cider apple: spicy, with extraordinary sweetness and a pronounced acid tang. The Wickson apple is often the size of a large crab apple. The Wickson apples are reputed to make wonderful champagne cider. Wickson is one of our favorite eating apples every fall. Fruit hangs well in garlands to boot. Please see below for further insight on our heirloom apple tree Wickson and discover additional consideration for selecting the appropriate fruit trees to buy for your home and small farm.
Considerations for Wickson Apple Tree
USDA Zones: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Uses:Cider, Fresh Eating
Harvest Period:Very Late
Pollination Requirement:Requires different variety with same bloom period
Origin Date: California 1944
Rootstock:MM 111 (semi-dwarf)
Years to Bear:2-4 years
Recommended Spacing:12-16 ft.
Mature Size:12-16 ft.
Pruning:Summer prune to maintain 8 ft.
Water Requirements: 12-15 gallons per week May through Sept.
Shape when Shipped: Feathered and whips (few side 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.