Pitmaston Pineapple is an old English variety with smallish apples of a golden-russet hue. Their flavour has a unique musky note which is poetically rather than accurately described, as pineapple-like. It is distinct enough, however, to make it worth growing if you have space for several varieties.
One of the best ways of growing a wide range of apples in a small garden is to grow them as trained forms against a fence or wall. Cordons take up the least space, allowing them to be planted 18in (45cm) apart. In my case, I grew a more complex form: the double cordon.
Above Left: This is my Pitmaston Pineapple double cordon, as it was in April 2012 just as the blossom was breaking. You can see the simple ‘Y’ structure of the main framework. It took a few years to grow it to the top of the fence, but from then on it is simply pruned back to this basic shape each year. (See summer pruning)
Above Right: Here it is a few months later (August 2012) after its summer hair-cut, with well spaced apples where the blossom previously grew.
Each season is different. In 2016 the trees came into leaf and flower late and had fewer blossoms. In 2017 the flowers were a whole month earlier and more floriferous. Was it something I did or just the weather? I guess I’ll never know!