Apple - Duchess's Favourite

Duchess's Favourite Apple

Malus domestica
An attractive apple with a sharp strawberry flavour.

Origin: Surrey UK 1800

Pollination:  Duchess's Favourite is self-sterile and would require a pollinator to produce a crop. Show suitable pollination partners

A guide to choosing Apple Trees



Duchess's Favourite 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
M26 - Semi-dwarfing   1 year Maiden Available £17.50
MM106 - Semi-vigorous   1 year Maiden Available £17.50
MM106 - Semi-vigorous   2 years Half Standard *Reduced Price* Available £21.50

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 Duchess's Favourite

Duchess's Favourite was raised in about 1800 by Mr Cree, nurseryman of Addlestone, Surrey and named after the Duchess of York who lived nearby. A popular Victorian garden apple. Widely grown around London and in the Vale of Evesham in the 19th century and in Kent in the early 1900’s.

An attractive, colourful apple. Small to medium-sized fruit. Round to flat- round shape, slightly ribbed. Bright red flush and faint red stripes over a pale greenish yellow background. Firm white flesh, sometimes tinged red. Quite sharp with a strawberry flavour.




Main characteristics of Duchess's Favourite

Use Dessert
Colour Red
Flavour Subacid
Fruit size  Small
Picking time  Early Sep
Season of use  Sep

Tree vigour  Moderate
Tree habit  Upright-Spreading
Fruit bearing  Spur-bearer
Cropping Heavy

Pollination date  10
Pollination group  C
Self fertility  Self-sterile
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