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John Apple



An old English cooking apple.

Origin: Middlesex UK, 1921

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

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

John Apple was an old variety from the 16th and 17th centuries. It was said to keep from one apple season to the next. The existing apple received by the National Fruit Collection UK in 1921 is probably not the same as it does not normally keep beyond November. It is a smooth skinned culinary apple, with a sharp, soft flesh.

Characteristics of John Apple apple trees

UseCulinary
ColourFlushed
FlavourAcid
Fruit sizeMedium
Picking timeLate Sep
Season of useOct-Nov
Tree vigourSmall
Tree habitUpright-spreading
Fruit-bearingSpur-bearer
CroppingHeavy
Pollination date8
Pollination groupC
Self-fertilitySelf-sterile
PollinatorsPollination partners