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    A bit like the Annie Elizabeth query, I've got conflicting information about this one. I had a 60-year-old tree and replanted a new one elsewhere when it died and they were confidently named as Newton Wonder. Helping a friend try to identify the apples in an old orchard he's just acquired, I recognised one tree as a Newton and brought some back to check. They matched the fruits on mine but when I looked through the websites and books, several said that Newton Wonder is a large apple (and another Blenheim seedling). Now on both my trees, I've never seen one larger than the size of a bagged up supermarket Cox, so never more than medium.
    I was wondering if this was a location thing and if it doesn't prosper as well in the Southwest - does anyone else grow this and is theirs producing large fruits?
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    All the ones I have seen tend to be distinctly large, although perhaps not in the Rev Wilks category. Certainly much bigger than supermarket Cox. My photos are mainly from the south-east though. Fruit size might be affected by cropping, and Newton Wonder is potentially a heavy cropper - and also a bit biennial - so perhaps you could experiment with thinning next spring to see if that gets the size up?

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    This is a tree that is from my area originally and now I rather fancy it
    My book states that this variety is a very large, colorful late culinary variety. 89-92 x 70mm, flat round with slight trace of ribs. Hope this helps.
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    The young tree has only about 6 apples, and the previous one cropped for more than 40 years and never had larger apples than we have now. Both bought from Scotts, 50 years apart, as Newton Wonder. It's a Derbyshire apple so I would have expected it to have been larger rather than smaller down here. There's a good description of the leaves in Taylor's The Apples of England, I may go up and have a look at them.

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    Sounds like my kind of tree!

    Loving my allotment!

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    I wonder about Newton too
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    Its not just because it needs thinning out that the apples are small?

    eg, we were told to thin out our Spartan 3/6 fruit to get bigger apples....

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