Origin

Supporter® 4 was bred at the Pillnitz Research Station near Dresden, Germany, in 1921 as a cross of M-9 and M-4. Little was known about it until after the fall of the Berlin Wall but it had been tested extensively in Eastern Europe.

Influence on Scion Habit

Tree vigor is somewhere between M-26 and M-7. Supporter® 4 has excellent fruit production with precocity somewhere between M-26 and M-9.

Disease Resistance

Supporter® 4 has low sensitivity to collar rot. It is sensitive to fire blight and rated between M-9 and M-26 in sensitivity.

Nursery Habit

Supporter® 4 roots very well in layer beds. It has a compact growth with little tendency for suckering.

Horticultural Value

Trees on Supporter® 4 are more uniform than those on M-26 with little burr knotting and overgrowth. This rootstock is ideal for low-vigor or replant sites and low-vigor varieties.

Supporter® 4