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Crawley Beauty

An old dual purpose apple from Sussex.

Origin: Sussex UK, 1870

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

Crawley Beauty 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 Crawley Beauty

Found in a cottage garden at Tilgate, near Crawley, Sussex in about 1870 and introduced by Messrs. Cheal and Co, Nurserymen of Crawley, in 1906. Received the RHS Award of Merit in 1912. In the National Fruit Collection, Brogdale, Faversham, Kent it appears to be identical with a French variety Nouvelle France. Mainly grown as a cooking apple but in late season can be a fair dessert apple.

Medium size fruit, flat round to round and regular. Skin very smooth and quite greasy. Pale green to pale yellow skin, up to three-quarters flushed brownish red with short, broken stripes of fairly bright red. White flesh tinged with green, slightly coarse textured and rather dry. Cooks to a lightly-flavoured puree. Loses acidity with storage.

Moderately vigorous, spreading tree. Produces spurs freely. Heavy cropper. Very late flowering good for regions subject to late frosts. Tollerates chalky and alkaline soils very well.

Characteristics of Crawley Beauty apple trees

UseDual Cul & Des
Fruit sizeMedium
Picking timeMid Oct
Season of useNov-Feb
Tree vigourModerate
Tree habitSpreading
Disease resistanceScab - Resistant
Mildew - Resistant
Canker - Resistant
Suitable forChalky Soils
Late Frost
Northern Britain
Wet Regions
Pollination date29
Pollination groupH
PollinatorsPollination partners