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Smart's Prince Arthur



An old 19th Century Kent cooking apple which keeps well.

Origin: Kent UK, 1883

Pollination: Smart's Prince Arthur is self-sterile and would require a pollinator to produce a crop.  Pollination partners

Smart's Prince Arthur 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-1Smart's Prince Arthur tree custom-grafted on M9 rootstock (Dwarfing)£39.00 each
  • CG-2Smart's Prince Arthur tree custom-grafted on M26 rootstock (Semi-dwarfing)£39.00 each
  • CG-3Smart's Prince Arthur tree custom-grafted on MM106 rootstock (Semi-vigorous)£39.00 each
  • CG-4Smart's Prince Arthur tree custom-grafted on MM111 rootstock (Vigorous)£39.00 each
  • CG-5Smart's Prince Arthur 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 Smart's Prince Arthur

Smart's Prince Arthur was raised by a Mr Smart near Sittingbourne in Kent and first described in 1883. It was exhibited and distributed by the Maidstone nurseryman G Bunyard. It was grown commercially in the Maidstone area for a period.

The fruit is large and tall conical in shape. The skin is smooth with maroon stripes over a green/yellow background. The flesh is coarse, cream coloured, acid but mellowing with keeping.

Characteristics of Smart's Prince Arthur apple trees

UseCulinary
ColourFlushed
FlavourSubacid
Fruit sizeLarge
Picking timeOct
Season of useNov-Apr
Tree vigourModerate
Tree habitUpright-spreading
Fruit-bearingSpur-bearer
CroppingGood
Pollination date14
Pollination groupD
Self-fertilitySelf-sterile
PollinatorsPollination partners