Mistletoe's Favourite Fruit Trees
A survey gathering information on which fruit varieties are more susceptible, or more resistant, to mistletoe in Britain and Ireland.

BACKGROUND: Apple trees are mistletoe's favourite host plant - with more mistletoe on apple trees than on any other species. But does it have favourite varieties? Does it prefer Bramleys to Braeburns, Pippins to Pearmains or Golden Delicious to Granny Smiths? Are some varieties more susceptible to mistletoe infestation and are others more resistant?

Casual observations in the mistletoe-bearing orchards of the SW English midlands suggest that yes, there are differences in mistletoe growth from variety to variety - but documenting this is rather difficult, not least because when the mistletoe is obvious, in winter, the variety is impossible to identify.

But if we did have this information it could be used to produce a League Table of varieties - showing which are best or worst for mistletoe. This 'Mistletoe League' could be immensely helpful for apple growers who want to reduce mistletoe infestation, or for others, often outside mistletoe's core growing area, who want to encourage it.

This 'Mistletoe's Favourite Fruit Trees' survey project aims to collect information on varietal preferences. And it's not just for apple tree varieties; mistletoe also grows, though much more rarely, on pears, plums, cherries etc - which varieties of these are susceptible?

If you have mistletoe on your fruit trees, whether in an orchard or garden, and know which varieties you have, please take a few minutes to fill the survey form.

This is one of several mistletoe survey projects from Mistletoe Matters, based in Gloucestershire, For details please visit www.surveys.mistletoe.org.uk

Results of the survey will be available via the link above in due course. The survey will be open for several years, so rapid results are not expected. This updated version of the survey form (originally part of the 'Mistletoe League' suite of surveys) was released in October 2015.
LOCATION QUESTIONS: Where are your fruit trees? *
This question is about your location - in one of the counties in mistletoe's main UK area, or elsewhere in England, Wales, Scotland or Ireland
What is your postcode? *
Collecting your postcode to help us get a better idea of your location. Please enter your full postcode, or your nearest town or village and county if in the Irish Republic
Precise location (grid reference, address)
This is optional but would be helpful for geographical analysis
Are your fruit trees in a garden or in an orchard? *
APPLE TREE QUESTIONS: If you have mistletoe on apple trees have you noticed that there is more on some apple trees than on others? *
All types of apple trees are included in this question - Cider, Eating, Cooking or Crab apples. Choose one answer.
Required
Do you know the names of your Apple tree varieties? *
Which Apple varieties is mistletoe doing well on? *
This is a free-form answer. If you're unsure of the accuracy of a name please add it anyway. If none just type None.
Which Apple varieties is mistletoe NOT doing well on? *
This is a free-form answer. If you're unsure of the accuracy of a name please add it anyway. If none just type None.
PEAR TREES: If you have Pear trees does mistletoe grow on any of these? *
Required
Do you know the names of your Pear tree varieties? *
Which Pear varieties is mistletoe growing on? *
This is a free-form answer. If you're unsure of the accuracy of a name please add it anyway. If none just type None.
PLUM/DAMSON/CHERRY TREES: If you have Plum, Damson, Cherry trees does mistletoe grow on any of these? *
Required
Do you know the names of your Plum, Damson or Cherry varieties? *
Which Plum, Damson or Cherry varieties is mistletoe growing on? *
This is a free-form answer. If you're unsure of the accuracy of a name please add it anyway. If none just type None.
Which Plum, Damson or Cherry varieties is mistletoe NOT growing on? *
This is a free-form answer. If you're unsure of the accuracy of a name please add it anyway. If none just type None.
OTHER FRUIT TREES: Do you have mistletoe on any other fruit trees (for example Medlar, Quince etc). If you do, do you know their varietal names?
If not just leave blank.
Do you have any additional observations or comments about mistletoe and different fruit tree varieties?
If not just leave blank.
If you like to be sent updates on this survey's findings please add your name and an email and/or postal address below.
If not just leave blank.
And finally: Please write in the date you are filling in this survey *
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