Apple - Alfriston

Alfriston Apple

Malus domestica
A traditional old cooking apple from Sussex.

Origin: Sussex UK 1800

Pollination:  Alfriston is self-sterile and would require a pollinator to produce a crop. Show suitable pollination partners

A guide to choosing Apple Trees

Alfriston Apple Trees for sale - order online

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
M26 - Semi-dwarfing   1 year Maiden
MM106 - Semi-vigorous   1 year Maiden
M25 - Very vigorous   1 year Maiden

History and description of Alfriston

Alfriston apple was raised late 18th Century by a Mr Shepherd of Uckfield, Sussex, UK. Originally known as Shepherd's Pippin. Renamed Alfriston in 1891 when it was sent to the London Horticultural Society by a Mr Booker of Alfriston, near Lewes, Sussex. Received RHS Award of Merit 1920. Grown commercially in the UK until 1930's. Also grown in Australia.

Medium to large, oblong fruit. Bright yellowish green skin. Soft, cream coloured flesh. Quite sharp, cooking to a light flavoured froth. Keeps very well but loses its acidity after November.

Moderately vigorous tree. Good cropper but biennial. Good disease resistance.

Main characteristics of Alfriston

Use Culinary
Colour Green
Flavour Sharp
Fruit size  Medium
Picking time  Early/Mid Oct
Season of use  Nov-Apr

Tree vigour  Moderate
Tree habit  Upright-Spreading
Fruit bearing  Spur-bearer
Cropping Biennial
Disease resistance  Scab: Resistant
Canker: Resistant
Mildew: Resistant
Suitable for Wet Regions

Pollination date  10
Pollination group  C
Self fertility  Self-sterile
Pollinators Show suitable pollination partners
Progeny  Morley's Seedling