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A late season Ballerina cooking apple which naturally grows in a columnar form.

Origin: Kent UK, 1988

Pollination: Charlotte is self-sterile and would require a pollinator to produce a crop.  Pollination partners

Charlotte apple trees produced to order

We do not stock this variety, but it is available through our custom bud-grafting service.

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). You can choose the number of trees and the rootstock(s) you want the trees grafted on.

Read more about our Grafting service here.

If you wish to order a grafted tree of this variety please fill in our contact form in the first instance.

History and description of Charlotte

Charlotte a Ballerina apple variety raised at East Malling Research Station, Kent UK in 1988 from a Wijcik McIntosh x Greensleeves. Large flat-round, ribbed and irregular shaped fruit. Red flush and lines over a light green skin. The sharp flesh cooks to a puree but is less acid than Bramley's Seedling.

Ballerina trees naturally grow in a columnar form. Side branches are not normally produced and the fruit is borne on the main trunk. They are very slow growing and will usually be much smaller in size when supplied than to other apple trees. Because of their slow growth rate and naturally dwarfing habit they are usually grafted on fairly vigorous rootstocks such as MM106 and MM111. They will grow up to 8ft (2.4m) in height. They require no pruning other than the removal of side branches when they occasionally form.

Characteristics of Charlotte apple trees

Fruit sizeLarge
Picking timeEarly Oct
Season of useOct-Dec
Tree vigourModerate
Tree habit
Pollination date10
Pollination groupC
PollinatorsPollination partners