Apple 'Merton Charm' Malus domestica 'Merton Charm' (D)

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
apple 'Merton Charm'


'Merton Charm' is a dessert cultivar in pollination group 2. It has a semi-weeping habit and bears heavy crops that can be small unless thinned. The apple skin is yellowish-green becoming yellow and flushed red. Season of use is from late September to October

Plant Info
Common Problems

About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Synonyms

      Merton Charm Apple

    • Common names

      Malus domestica 'Merton Charm'

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      12-15 feet (3.7-4.6 meters)

    • Spread

      12-15 feet (3.7-4.6 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Ornamental Value: The Malus domestica 'Merton Charm', commonly known as Apple, has aesthetic appeal with its blossoms and fruit.
    • Fruit Production: Produces edible apples which can be used for eating fresh, cooking, or making cider.
    • Pollination: Apple trees provide flowers which are beneficial for bees and other pollinators, supporting biodiversity.
    • Shade and Shelter: As a tree, it offers shade for people, and shelter to various birds and wildlife.
    • Seasonal Interest: Offers a change in scenery throughout the seasons with flowers in spring, fruit in summer/autumn, and bare branches in winter.
    • Carbon Sequestration: As with all trees, it absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere, helping to mitigate climate change.
    • Educational Value: Can be used to educate people about the life cycle of fruit trees, horticulture, and food production.
    • Landscape Design: Can be utilized in garden design for structure, to create focal points, or for espalier training against walls.

  • 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

    • Malus domestica 'Merton Charm', or commonly known as apple, can be used in natural dyeing processes; the leaves and bark contain tannins that can produce subtle colors on fabrics.
    • Wood from the apple tree can be used in woodworking to create small decorative items or tools, as it is a hardwood with a pleasant grain.
    • Apples can be cut and dried to create natural potpourri, which can be used to freshen the air in a home with a sweet and fruity scent.
    • The wood can also be used for smoking meats, imparting a sweet and fruity flavor that is distinct from other types of smoking woods.
    • Crushed apple seeds, despite their bitterness due to amygdalin, can be used as a pest deterrent in garden areas (though care should be taken due to the low level of cyanide compounds present).
    • Apple trees can provide habitat and food for wildlife, including birds and beneficial insects within a garden or orchard setting.
    • Thin apple slices can be used as natural, biodegradable decorations for crafts, or they can be strung together to create garlands during the holiday season.
    • Spent apple pomace, the solid remains after juicing, can be added to compost heaps to enrich the soil with organic matter.
    • Apple wood can be carved into musical instruments such as recorders or woodwind instruments because of its fine grain and stability.
    • The apple tree's blossoms can be used as edible decorations for desserts or frozen into ice cubes for a decorative touch in summertime beverages.

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 Temptation: The common name of Malus domestica 'Merton Charm' is "apple," a fruit often associated with love and temptation, harking back to the biblical story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.
    • Knowledge and Wisdom: Apples can represent knowledge, as they are connected to the ancient story of the Golden Apple of Discord in Greek mythology and the Norse tales where apples grant eternal youth to the gods.
    • Fertility and Abundance: The apple tree's penchant for abundant fruit production makes it a symbol of fertility and plenty, often celebrated in various cultures and traditions.
    • Peace and Harmony: An apple can signify peace, as exemplified in the historical act of giving an apple as a token of friendship or the intention to make peace.
    • Health and Wellbeing: The phrase "an apple a day keeps the doctor away" reflects the long-held belief that apples promote health, thus symbolizing wellbeing and vitality.

Every 7-10 days
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Spring-Early Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    The apple tree variety Malus domestica 'Merton Charm', commonly known as 'Merton Charm' apple, requires consistent moisture, especially during the first growing season to establish a deep root system. Water young trees once a week with about 5 gallons per application if there has been no significant rainfall. Mature trees may require less frequent watering but should receive around 10 gallons every 10 to 14 days during dry spells. Always check the soil moisture before watering; the soil should be moist but not waterlogged. Avoid overhead watering to minimize disease risk.

  • sunLight

    'Merton Charm' apple trees thrive in full sun, which means they should receive at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight each day. Choose a spot in the garden or orchard that is not shaded by taller buildings or trees to ensure your 'Merton Charm' receives adequate light for optimal growth and fruit production.

  • thermometerTemperature

    'Merton Charm' apple trees can generally tolerate a wide range of temperatures but perform best when the growing season temperatures are within 60°F to 75°F. They can survive winter lows to around -20°F, though flowers and fruit may be damaged by late frosts. The ideal temperature range for growing and fruit set is above freezing and below 90°F.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning the 'Merton Charm' apple tree is important for maintaining its health, encouraging fruit production, and managing its shape. The best time for pruning is late winter or early spring before new growth starts. Remove dead, diseased, or crossing branches to promote good air circulation. Thinning out some of the new growth each year also allows light to reach the inner canopy, which is beneficial for fruiting.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Apple trees, including the 'Merton Charm', thrive in well-draining loamy soil with a slightly acidic to neutral pH of 6.0 to 7.0. A mix of equal parts garden soil, compost, and sand or perlite can promote healthy growth.

  • plantRepotting

    Apple trees like 'Merton Charm' are not commonly repotted as they are typically planted outdoors. If grown in pots, they should be repotted every 2-3 years to provide fresh soil and room for growth.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Apple trees such as 'Merton Charm' tolerate a wide range of humidity levels and do not require specific humidity conditions to thrive, as they are adaptable to outdoor environments.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Grow 'Merton Charm' apple in a large pot, with ample light and room to grow.

    • Outdoor

      Plant 'Merton Charm' apple in full sun, well-drained soil, and provide ample water.

    • Hardiness zone

      4-8 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Malus domestica 'Merton Charm', commonly known as a variety of apple tree, begins its life as a seed, which requires stratification—chilling in cold, moist conditions to break dormancy. Upon germination, the seedling emerges from the soil, sending out roots and a shoot that develops into a small tree. As the apple tree matures, it undergoes vegetative growth including the development of leaves, branches, and a sturdy trunk; this stage may last several years before it reaches fruit-bearing maturity. Flowering occurs annually in the spring, with blossoms pollinated by bees, leading to the development of fruit. The fruits, apples, mature over the summer and are typically ready for harvest in late summer to fall. Finally, the tree enters a period of dormancy during the winter, where growth pauses until the following spring.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • The apple variety known as Malus domestica 'Merton Charm', commonly referred to as the apple tree, is most commonly propagated through grafting. This technique is preferred due to its ability to maintain the specific characteristics of the cultivar. In grafting, a piece of stem containing a bud, called a scion, is taken from the desired 'Merton Charm' apple tree and attached to a rootstock that has been cultivated for its robust root system. The best time to graft apple trees is in late winter to early spring before they enter their active growth phase, when the sap begins to flow. The cut surfaces of the scion and rootstock are matched together and securely bound with grafting tape. Lastly, the grafted joint is sealed with grafting wax or a sealant to prevent desiccation and infection, allowing the tissues of the scion and rootstock to fuse as the plant begins to grow.