An old apple tree has been located in the Southern Highlands of NSW (Australia).

It is thought to have been planted between 1830 and 1840 and reports indicate that it was producing regular crops of apples of about the size shown around 1940-1950. From the size and russetting it seems unlikely to be an eating or cooking apple. It’s shape is reminiscent of a pear but the man on the spot assures me it is an apple. Considering it’s age, the probable neglect over the years, and the degrading of the trunk it has an amazing crown. This year it apparently only had two apples (an off year?) so we hope for better things next year!

Does anyone recognise it as a cider apple?

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