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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 order

We do not stock this variety, but it is available through our custom bud-grafting service.

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). You can choose the number of trees and the rootstock(s) you want the trees grafted on.

Read more about our Grafting service here.

If you wish to order a grafted tree of this variety please fill in our contact form in the first instance.

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

Fruit sizeMedium
Picking timeAug
Season of useAug
Tree vigourModerate
Tree habitUpright-spreading
Disease resistanceScab - Resistant
Pollination date11
Pollination groupC
PollinatorsPollination partners
ParentageBeauty of Bath
Worcester Pearmain