Apple - Gravenstein

Gravenstein Apple

Malus domestica
An old dual purpose apple with a distinctive savoury flavour popular in Scandanavia and Northern Europe.

Origin: Europe 1600

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

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Gravenstein 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
M9 - Dwarfing   1 year Maiden Available £17.50
M26 - Semi-dwarfing   1 year Maiden Available £17.50
MM106 - Semi-vigorous   1 year Maiden Available £17.50
M25 - Very vigorous   1 year Maiden Sold out £17.50

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


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History and description of Gravenstein

An old European variety which according to some sources arose in the 1600’s in the garden of Duke Augustenberg, Castle Graefenstein, Schleswig-Holstein. Other sources trace its origins to an apple called Ville Blanc imported to Northern Europe from Italy or South Tyrol. Introduced in England in the 1820’s and sent from London Horticultural Society to Massachusetts and Nova Scotia. Introduced to California by Russian settlers by the 1820’s. Still grown in Canada and California and continues to be valued in Northern Europe, where it is Norway’s most popular apple.

A medium/large sized apple. Oblong shape. Irregular, flat-sided, with small well-rounded ribs. Greenish yellow background colour becoming yellow. Light orange red flush with short, broad, broken scarlet stripes. Cream coloured flesh, somewhat coarse-textured, juicy. Crisp, distinctive savoury flavour. A dual purpose apple which keeps its shape when cooked.

A very hardy, vigorous tree. Good cropper. Slow to bear. Fruit drops.




Main characteristics of Gravenstein

Use Dual Cul & Des
Colour Flushed
Flavour Savoury
Fruit size  Large
Picking time  Early Sep
Season of use  Sep-Oct

Tree vigour  Vigorous
Tree habit  Upright-Spreading
Fruit bearing  Spur-bearer
Cropping Good
Disease resistance  Scab: Susceptible
Mildew: Susceptible
Canker: Susceptible
Suitable for Hardy
Special features Attractive Blossom
Good for Cider
Good for Juice

Pollination date  3
Pollination group  A
Self fertility  Self-sterile Triploid
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Progeny  James Lawson