Apple - D'Arcy Spice

D'Arcy Spice Apple

Malus domestica
A famous old variety from Essex with a distinctive spicy flavour.

Origin: Essex UK 1785

Pollination:  D'Arcy Spice is self-sterile and would require a pollinator to produce a crop. Show suitable pollination partners

A guide to choosing Apple Trees

D'Arcy Spice Apple Trees for sale - order online

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
MM106 - Semi-vigorous   1 year Maiden
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M25 - Very vigorous   1 year Maiden

History and description of D'Arcy Spice

D'Arcy Spice was found in the garden of The Hall, Tolleshunt d’Arcy, Essex, in about 1785 but possibly older. Introduced in 1848 by John Harris, nurseryman of Broomfield, near Chelmsford, Essex as Baddow Pippin. A late dessert apple needing plenty of autumn sunshine to bring out its full flavour. The fruit hangs well on the tree and keeps well in storage. It is traditionally not picked until Guy Fawkes Day (5th November) and then stored before use.

Medium sized fruit, oblong, rather irregular, distinctly ribbed and five crowned. Tough dry, greenish yellow skin sometimes with a trace of reddish-brown flush. Many dark ochre russet patches. The flesh is white tinged green, firm and juicy. It has a distinct spicy, nutmeg-like flavour.

A very slow growing tree. Produces spurs fairly freely. Erratic cropper.

Main characteristics of D'Arcy Spice

Use Dessert
Colour Russet
Flavour Spicy
Fruit size  Medium
Picking time  Late Oct
Season of use  Dec-May

Tree vigour  Moderate
Tree habit  Upright-Spreading
Fruit bearing  Spur-bearer
Cropping Erratic
Disease resistance  Scab: Resistant
Mildew: Resistant
Canker: Resistant
Suitable for Late Frost
Wet Regions

Pollination date  14
Pollination group  D
Self fertility  Self-sterile
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