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Exeter Cross Apple

Malus domestica
An early dessert apple with a sharp refreshing flavour.

Origin: Bristol UK 1924

Pollination:  Exeter Cross is self-sterile and would require a pollinator to produce a crop. Show suitable pollination partners

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Exeter Cross Apple Trees for sale - order online

We currently produce this variety to order only through our bud-grafting service. You cannot order on line. If you wish to order please contact us using the messaging facility on the contact us page. Let us have your name, postal address, telephone and email address as well as which variety you would like us to produce, how many and on what rootstock. Bud-grafting is carried out in late July and early August. The trees would be supplied approximately 18 months later. We normally need to have received orders by the beginning of July. Please click here for full details of our bud-grafting service.


History and description of Exeter Cross

Raised in 1924 by G T Spinks at Long Ashton Research Station, Bristol from a Worcester Pearmain X Beauty of Bath. Named in 1954. Early dessert apple that ripens over a very long period.

Small/medium-sized fruit. Flat-round shape, fairly regular. Greenish yellow background skin colour with a scarlet flush. Distinct broad broken stripes over one-half to three-quarters of fruit. Smooth, rather greasy skin. Creamy white flesh, firm, crisp and juicy with a refreshing flavour. Quite astringent when eaten early but becoming crisp, juicy and sweet.

A tree of moderate vigour. Good cropper.



Main characteristics of Exeter Cross

Use Dessert
Colour Flushed
Flavour Sharp
Fruit size  Medium
Picking time  Aug
Season of use  Aug

Tree vigour  Moderate
Tree habit  Upright-Spreading
Fruit bearing  Spur-bearer
Cropping Good
Disease resistance  Scab: Resistant

Pollination date  11
Pollination group  C
Self fertility  Self-sterile
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Parentage  Worcester PearmainBeauty of Bath
Progeny  Redsleeves