Apple - James Grieve

Fruit Trees
James Grieve Apple

Malus domestica
James Grieve is a good heavy cropping early season dual purpose variety with large attractively coloured fruit.

Origin: Scotland 1893

Pollination:  James Grieve is partially self-fertile and would produce some crop without a pollinator but would benefit considerably from a pollinator. Show suitable pollination partners



James Grieve Apple Trees for sale - order online

We supply trees and plants only during the winter planting season from late November to mid March. Orders placed now will not be be delivered until the winter planting season. You will not be required to pay until October but by ordering now you can ensure that the items are reserved for you and supplied as early as possible when we resume delveries in late November.
Please select the rootstock, age and tree form available items in the table below. The choice of rootstock is important as it determines the size to which the tree will grow when mature. Trees are available either as maidens which are untrained one year old trees or two year old trees already trained in a particular form. Reduced price trees when available are smaller one year old trees or two year old trees which have less well developed heads than our regular trees but are otherwise perfectly good healthy trees offered at a lower price. Trees are supplied bare root during the planting season from late November to early March. Further information is available below.

Rootstock / Vigour / Age / Form Availability Price Qty required
M27 - Very dwarfing   1 year Maiden Available £16.50
M27 - Very dwarfing   2 years Mini Cordon Sold out £24.00
M27 - Very dwarfing   2 years Step-over Available £28.00
M9 - Dwarfing   1 year Maiden Available £16.50
M26 - Semi-dwarfing   1 year Maiden Available £16.50
M26 - Semi-dwarfing   2 years Bush Available £27.00
M26 - Semi-dwarfing   2 years Cordon Available £24.00
MM106 - Semi-vigorous   1 year Maiden Available £16.50
MM106 - Semi-vigorous   2 years Espalier (2 Tier) Available £44.00
MM106 - Semi-vigorous   2 years Fan Trained Available £44.00
MM106 - Semi-vigorous   2 years Half Standard Available £27.00
M25 - Very vigorous   1 year Maiden Available £16.50
M25 - Very vigorous   2 years Standard Available £27.00

The availability information shown in the availability column in the table is always up-to-date.
Available means Available for supply from Nov 2014 to March 2015
2015/16 means Sold out but available for supply winter 2015/16. Orders taken from May 2015
Sold out means Sold out for supply Nov 2014 to March 2015. May be available again winter 15/16




History and description of James Grieve

Raised by James Grieve in Edinburgh, Scotland either from a Pott's Seedling or Cox's Orange Pippin seedling. Introduced by Dickson's Nursery. First recorded 1893. Received RHS Award of Merit 1897 and a First Class Certificate 1906. Formerly grown commercially in the UK and Northern Europe.

Medium to large, round-conical fruit. Bright red flush over green skin ripening to yellow. Attractive looking. Creamy white, soft, juicy flesh. Quite sharp early in the season when it makes a good stewing apple. Acidity mellows in September and October but it still remains a fairly sharp tasting dessert apple. Bruises very easily. Limited storage life going soft quite quickly. Excellent variety for juice making.

Moderately vigorous, spreading tree. Heavy cropper. Good pollinator. Susceptible to canker and therefore not suitable for growing in humid locations. Otherwise a good garden variety.




Main characteristics of James Grieve

Use Dual Cul & Des
Colour Flushed
Flavour Subacid
Fruit size  Medium
Picking time  Early/Mid Sep
Season of use  Sep-Oct

Tree vigour  Moderate
Tree habit  Spreading
Fruit bearing  Spur-bearer
Cropping Heavy
Disease resistance  Scab: Slightly susceptible
Canker: Slightly susceptible
Mildew: Resistant
Suitable for Late Frost
Northern Britain
Special features Good Pollinator
Good for Juice

Pollination date  10
Pollination group  C
Self fertility  Partially Self Fertile
Pollinators Show suitable pollination partners
Parentage  Cox's Orange Pippin (?)Potts' Seedling (?)
Progeny  Elton BeautyRed FalstaffFalstaffGreensleevesKatyLord LambourneSt Ailred
Sports  Poelman's Rode James GrieveRed James GrieveRedcoat GrieveRosamund