Apple - Lord Derby

Lord Derby Apple

Malus domestica
A good disease resistant cooking apple suitable for northern Britain.

Origin: Cheshire UK 1862

Pollination:  Lord Derby is partially self-fertile and would produce some crop without a pollinator but would benefit considerably from a pollinator. Show suitable pollination partners

A guide to choosing Apple Trees



Lord Derby Apple Trees for sale - order online

We supply trees and plants only during the winter planting season from late November to mid March. Orders placed now will not be be delivered until the winter planting season. You will not be required to pay until October but by ordering now you can ensure that the items are reserved for you and supplied as early as possible when we resume delveries in late November.
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 Availability Price Qty required
M9 - Dwarfing   1 year Maiden Available £17.50
M26 - Semi-dwarfing   1 year Maiden Available £17.50
MM106 - Semi-vigorous   1 year Maiden Available £17.50
M25 - Very vigorous   1 year Maiden Available £17.50

The availability information shown in the availability column in the table is always up-to-date.
Available means Available for supply from Nov 2018 to March 2019
2019/20 means Sold out but available for supply winter 2019/20. Orders taken from May 2019
Sold out means Sold out for supply Nov 2018 to March 2019. May be available again winter 2019/20




History and description of Lord Derby

Raised by by B W Witham, a nurseryman from Stockport, Cheshire, UK. First recorded 1862. It is believed by some to be a Catshead seedling. It was grown commercially in Egnland in the late 19th Century. It still remains a popular garden variety particularly in northern England and Scotland.

Large, round-conical fruit with pronounced ribs. Bright green skin turning yellow. Occasional slight pinkish brown blush. Soft, rather dry, white flesh. Good for pies as it keeps some of its shape when cooked. Strong sharp flavour requiring some sugar when cooked. Loses acidity and flavour in storage and is best used before it turns yellow.

Vigorous, hardy tree. Good cropper. May require thinning when the crop is heavy. Partially self-fertile. Good disease resistance. Hardy and suitable for growing in northern Britain. Attractive apple pink blossom




Main characteristics of Lord Derby

Use Culinary
Colour Green
Flavour Acid
Fruit size  Large
Picking time  Late Sep
Season of use  Oct-Dec

Tree vigour  Vigorous
Tree habit  Upright-Spreading
Fruit bearing  Spur-bearer
Cropping Good
Disease resistance  Scab: Resistant
Mildew: Resistant
Canker: Resistant
Suitable for Late Frost
Northern Britain
Wet Regions
Special features Attractive Blossom

Pollination date  14
Pollination group  D
Self fertility  Partially Self Fertile
Pollinators Show suitable pollination partners
Parentage  Catshead (?)