Apple Malus domestica 'Dummellor's Seedling' (C)

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
apple 'Dummellor's Seedling'


The apple tree known as 'Dummellor's Seedling' is a deciduous fruit tree recognized for its agricultural and aesthetic value. It typically bears a structure composed of a central trunk from which branches spread out, creating an overall rounded shape to the canopy. The leaves of this variety are broad, with a vibrant green color and toothed edges, providing lush foliage throughout the growing season. During spring, the tree bursts into blossom, featuring clusters of flowers that are usually white with shades of pink. These blossoms are not only aesthetically pleasing but also attract pollinators. As the seasons progress, the flowers give way to the apple fruits this tree is cultivated for. The apples from 'Dummellor's Seedling' are typically large and have a skin that ranges from green to yellow with possible red blushes or stripes when ripe. The flesh inside is juicy, with a flavor that can range from sweet to tart, making them versatile for both fresh eating and cooking. The apple's texture remains firm, often making it a good candidate for various dishes and preservation methods. As the fruit matures, the bountiful harvest dangles from the branches, weighing them down and adding to the tree's charming appearance. With each passing year, this tree can become a robust and picturesque feature in any landscape where it is cultivated, except for details of its dimensions.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Dumelow's Seedling, Dumeller's Seedling, Dumelow's Crab.

    • Common names

      Malus domestica 'Dummellor's Seedling'

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The plant in question is commonly known as the apple tree. Apple trees, including the variety 'Dummellor's Seedling,' are not considered toxic to humans when it comes to the flesh of the fruit. However, the seeds within the apples contain amygdalin, a compound that can release cyanide when digested. Ingesting a large number of apple seeds may lead to symptoms of cyanide poisoning, which include headache, dizziness, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, rapid breathing, increased heart rate, and kidney failure, which can potentially be fatal. It is important to note that consuming the seeds in small quantities is typically not harmful due to the low concentration of amygdalin and the body's ability to detoxify small amounts of cyanide.

    • To pets

      The apple tree is also not generally toxic to pets with regard to the flesh of its fruit. Similar to humans, the seeds of the apple tree contain amygdalin and can release cyanide when ingested in large quantities. The consumption of a large number of apple seeds by pets might cause symptoms such as salivation, dilated pupils, difficulty breathing, panting, and shock. In severe cases, consumption might lead to coma or death due to cyanide poisoning. Small amounts of seeds are unlikely to cause issues, but it is still best to avoid feeding apple seeds to pets.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      12-15 feet (3.6-4.6 meters)

    • Spread

      12-15 feet (3.6-4.6 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Ornamental Value: Malus domestica 'Dummellor's Seedling' adds aesthetic appeal to gardens with its blossoms and fruit.
    • Shade Provision: The tree can offer shade in landscapes and gardens, making outdoor spaces more comfortable during sunny days.
    • Wildlife Support: Provides food for birds and other wildlife, which rely on the fruit as a food source.
    • Local Food Source: Produces edible fruit which can be consumed fresh, cooked, or used in various recipes.
    • Pollination Support: Flowers are a source of nectar and pollen for bees and other pollinating insects, supporting local ecosystems.
    • Cultural Significance: Apple trees often have a strong cultural and traditional significance in many regions, used in various customs and folklore.
    • Soil Improvement: The fallen leaves and fruit contribute to soil health by decomposing and adding organic matter.
    • Educational Opportunities: Can be used in educational settings to teach about fruit growth, plant biology, and horticulture.
    • Climate Adaptability: Capable of growing in a variety of climates, making it versatile for different regions.
    • Seasonal Interest: Provides interest throughout the seasons with spring blossoms, summer foliage, autumn fruit, and winter silhouettes.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    • This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Natural Dye: The skin of the apples from this plant can be used to produce a range of natural dyes for fabrics or even art projects.
    • Apple Wood Chips: Trimmed branches can be converted into wood chips for use in smoking meats, adding a sweet and fruity smoke flavor.
    • Educational Resource: The plant can be used in educational settings, such as schools or workshops, to teach about grafting, pruning, and other horticultural techniques.
    • Photography: Photographers may use apple trees and their blossoms as beautiful natural backdrops for portrait and landscape photography.
    • Homemade Pectin: Apples from this plant have natural pectin that can be extracted and used for making homemade jellies and jams.
    • Culinary Arts: The apples can be utilized in culinary classes to demonstrate different cooking techniques, like baking, poaching, or making sauces.
    • Wildlife Habitat: Apple trees can provide food and shelter for birds and other wildlife, contributing to biodiversity in gardens and orchards.
    • Composting: Fallen apples and foliage can contribute to compost piles, adding nutrients and organic matter to the soil upon decomposition.
    • Fruit Vinegars: The fruit can be used as a base to create apple cider vinegar or other fruit vinegars with unique flavors.
    • Craft Materials: Dried apple slices can be used in crafting, for making decorative items or natural potpourri.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Apple tree is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Apple tree is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Love and Desire: Similar to other apple varieties, Malus domestica 'Dummellor's Seedling', more commonly known as the apple, is often associated with love and desire, which harks back to ancient mythology and biblical stories where apples are depicted as fruits of temptation and seduction.
    • Knowledge and Wisdom: The apple is also symbolically linked with knowledge and wisdom. This is illustrated in the story of Adam and Eve, where the apple represents the fruit of knowledge, and in Greek mythology, where golden apples are considered to grant immortality and divine understanding.
    • Youth and Beauty: Apples have been related to youth and beauty in various cultural narratives, wherein the fruit is seen as providing vitality and is often associated with goddesses of beauty, like Aphrodite in Greek mythology.
    • Abundance and Fertility: As a fruit-bearing tree, the apple is also a symbol of abundance and fertility. Its bountiful harvests can represent prosperity and the idea that hard work will yield fruitful results.
    • Eternal Life: In some traditions, the apple represents eternal life or immortality because of its association with gods and the divine realm, as in the Celts' belief that apples were the food of the gods, bestowing eternal youth.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Fall to Winter
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Apple trees like Malus domestica, commonly known as the 'Apple', prefer deep, infrequent waterings to encourage a strong root system. Young trees should be watered weekly with about 5 gallons per watering session when there is no significant rainfall. As the tree matures, watering can be reduced to every 2 to 3 weeks, adjusting for climate and soil conditions. During the growing season, increase watering if there are prolonged dry spells. Always ensure the water penetrates the root zone, which can extend beyond the drip line of the tree.

  • sunLight

    Apple trees like Malus domestica 'Dummellor's Seedling' – commonly known as Apple – require full sun to produce the best fruit. This means they need at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight daily. The best spot for an apple tree is an open area away from buildings or other trees where sunlight and air circulation are readily available all day.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Apple trees require a period of winter chill and are best suited to temperate climates. The Malus domestica 'Dummellor's Seedling', or Apple, can survive winter temperatures down to about -30°F and can handle summer temperatures up to around 90°F. The ideal temperature range for growing apples is between 60°F and 75°F during the growing season.

  • scissorsPruning

    Apple trees need to be pruned to promote healthy growth, improve air circulation, and increase fruit production. Prune during the dormant season, typically late winter before spring growth begins. Remove dead or diseased wood, thin out crowded branches, and shape the tree to allow sunlight to reach the interior. Pruning should be done annually for the best results.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Apple trees like 'Dummellor's Seedling' prefer well-draining soil with a pH between 6.0 and 7.0. A good soil mix includes one part loam, one part peat, and one part sand or perlite, which ensures proper drainage and aeration. Organic matter such as compost can also be added to improve soil fertility.

  • plantRepotting

    Apple trees like 'Dummellor's Seedling' are typically not grown in containers long-term and hence rarely need repotting. However, young trees may be repotted every 2-3 years until they are planted in the ground.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    The apple tree 'Dummellor's Seedling' is adaptable to a wide range of humidity levels and does not require specific humidity conditions. Outdoor humidity levels as experienced in its natural growing environment are generally sufficient.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place apple saplings near sunny windows and monitor water.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in well-drained soil, full sun, and protect from strong winds.

    • Hardiness zone

      4-8 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The Malus domestica 'Dummellor's Seedling', commonly known as apple tree, begins its life cycle with germination from a seed, requiring cold stratification to break dormancy. The seedling then grows through a juvenile phase, which can last several years, until it reaches maturity and is capable of flowering. Flowering typically occurs in spring, with the blossoms being pollinated by insects, leading to fruit development if fertilization is successful. The apple fruits mature over the summer months and are typically ready for harvest in late summer to fall. Once the fruit is harvested, the tree goes into a period of dormancy during the winter months. The annual cycle of growth resumes the following spring, with the tree continuing to grow and produce fruit each year for several decades under optimal conditions.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Fall to Winter

    • The most popular method to propagate Malus domestica, commonly known as apple trees including the 'Dummellor's Seedling', is by grafting. This technique typically involves taking a scion, which is a short length of branch with several buds, from the desired apple cultivar and joining it onto a compatible rootstock that is already established or specifically grown for this purpose. Grafting is normally carried out in late winter to early spring, just before the growth starts. The scion is cut to have a sloping edge, and a similar cut is made in the rootstock. Then, these two parts are joined together and firmly bound with grafting tape, ensuring good contact between the cambial layers of each. The grafted area is usually sealed with grafting wax to prevent drying out. Over time, usually a few weeks, the graft union will heal and join the scion to the rootstock, effectively propagating the apple cultivar.