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Alfriston



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.  Pollination partners

Alfriston apple trees produced to order

We do not stock this variety, but we can produce trees for you through our custom grafting service. Trees can be grafted on any of the following rootstocks:

  • CG-1Alfriston tree custom-grafted on M9 rootstock (Dwarfing)£39.00 each
  • CG-2Alfriston tree custom-grafted on M26 rootstock (Semi-dwarfing)£39.00 each
  • CG-3Alfriston tree custom-grafted on MM106 rootstock (Semi-vigorous)£39.00 each
  • CG-4Alfriston tree custom-grafted on MM111 rootstock (Vigorous)£39.00 each
  • CG-5Alfriston tree custom-grafted on M25 rootstock (Very vigorous)£39.00 each

If you wish to go order please fill in our contact form in the first instance, stating your name, full address, and the rootstock(s) you wish the tree(s) to be grafted on. You will need to contact us before June.

Propagation is carried out in late July / early August, and the grafted trees would be available for supply in December the following year (approximately 14 months later).

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.

Characteristics of Alfriston apple trees

UseCulinary
ColourGreen
FlavourSharp
Fruit sizeMedium
Picking timeEarly/Mid Oct
Season of useNov-Apr
Tree vigourModerate
Tree habitUpright-spreading
Fruit-bearingSpur-bearer
CroppingBiennial
Disease resistanceScab - Resistant
Canker - Resistant
Mildew - Resistant
Suitable forWet Regions
Pollination date10
Pollination groupC
Self-fertilitySelf-sterile
PollinatorsPollination partners
ProgenyMorley's Seedling