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Gravenstein



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

Origin: Europe, 1600

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

Gravenstein apple trees for sale

ItemPriceQuantity
M9 rootstock 1 year Maiden (Dwarfing) £20.50
M25 rootstock 1 year Maiden (Very vigorous) £20.50 Sold-out
M25 rootstock 2 year Standard (Very vigorous) £33.50 Sold-out

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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.

Characteristics of Gravenstein apple trees

UseDual Cul & Des
ColourFlushed
FlavourSavoury
Fruit sizeLarge
Picking timeEarly Sep
Season of useSep-Oct
Tree vigourVigorous
Tree habitUpright-spreading
Fruit-bearingSpur-bearer
CroppingGood
Disease resistanceScab - Susceptible
Mildew - Susceptible
Canker - Susceptible
Suitable forHardy
Special featuresAttractive Blossom
Good for Cider
Good for Juice
Pollination date3
Pollination groupA
Self-fertilitySelf-sterile triploid
PollinatorsPollination partners
ProgenyJames Lawson