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Exeter Cross



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.  Pollination partners

Exeter Cross apple trees produced to special order

We do not stock this variety, but we might be able to produce trees for you through our custom grafting service, depending on the availability of suitable grafting material. Trees can be grafted on any of the following rootstocks:

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

Characteristics of Exeter Cross apple trees

UseDessert
ColourFlushed
FlavourSharp
Fruit sizeMedium
Picking timeAug
Season of useAug
Tree vigourModerate
Tree habitUpright-spreading
Fruit-bearingSpur-bearer
CroppingGood
Disease resistanceScab - Resistant
Pollination date11
Pollination groupC
Self-fertilitySelf-sterile
PollinatorsPollination partners
ParentageBeauty of Bath
Worcester Pearmain
ProgenyRedsleeves