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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.
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Apple - James Grieve
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James Grieve Apple Trees for sale - order online

We have now stopped taking orders for the winter 2013/14 planting season. Our 2014/15 list is currently being prepared. It will be available from 1st May when we will start taking orders for delivery next autumn/winter. We regret we have had to stop taking orders earlier than anticipated because of the warm weather.
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 Age/Form Availability Price Qty required
M27 - Very dwarfing 1 year Maiden 2014/15
M27 - Very dwarfing 2 years Mini Cordon 2014/15
M27 - Very dwarfing 2 years Step-over 2014/15
M9 - Dwarfing 1 year Maiden 2014/15
M26 - Semi-dwarfing 1 year Maiden 2014/15
M26 - Semi-dwarfing 2 years Bush 2014/15
M26 - Semi-dwarfing 2 years Cordon 2014/15
MM106 - Semi-vigorous 1 year Maiden Sold out
MM106 - Semi-vigorous 2 years Bush *Reduced Price* Sold out
MM106 - Semi-vigorous 2 years Espalier (2 Tier) 2014/15
MM106 - Semi-vigorous 2 years Espalier (2 Tier) *Reduced Price* Sold out
MM106 - Semi-vigorous 2 years Fan Trained Sold out
MM106 - Semi-vigorous 2 years Fan Trained, 12L Container 2014/15
MM106 - Semi-vigorous 2 years Half Standard 2014/15
MM106 - Semi-vigorous 2 years Half Standard *Reduced Price* Sold out
M25 - Very vigorous 1 year Maiden Sold out
M25 - Very vigorous 2 years Standard 2014/15
M25 - Very vigorous 2 years Standard *Reduced Price* Sold out
The availability information shown in the availability column in the table is always up-to-date.
Available means Available for supply from Nov 2013 to March 2014
2014/15 means Sold out but available for supply winter 2014/15. Orders taken from May 2014
Sold out means Sold out for supply Nov 2013 to March 2014. May be available again winter 14/15




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
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Parentage  Cox's Orange Pippin (?)Potts' Seedling (?)
Progeny  Elton BeautyRed FalstaffFalstaffGreensleevesKatyLord LambourneSt Ailred
Sports  Poelman's Rode James GrieveRed James GrieveRedcoat GrieveRosamund



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