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An ancient apple believed to date from the time of Attila the Hun.

Origin: Italy, 450

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

Decio apple trees produced to order

We do not stock this variety, but we can produce trees for you through our custom grafting service. Trees can be grafted on any of the following rootstocks:

  • CG-1Decio tree custom-grafted on M9 rootstock (Dwarfing)£39.00 each
  • CG-2Decio tree custom-grafted on M26 rootstock (Semi-dwarfing)£39.00 each
  • CG-3Decio tree custom-grafted on MM106 rootstock (Semi-vigorous)£39.00 each
  • CG-4Decio tree custom-grafted on MM111 rootstock (Vigorous)£39.00 each
  • CG-5Decio tree custom-grafted on M25 rootstock (Very vigorous)£39.00 each

If you wish to go order please fill in our contact form in the first instance, stating your name, full address, and the rootstock(s) you wish the tree(s) to be grafted on. You will need to contact us before June.

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).

History and description of Decio

A very old late dessert apple believed to date from Roman times. Mentioned by the 16th century historian Francesco Bocchi as existing around AD 450 when General Ezio took some of these apples (referred to as 'melo d'Ezio') from Rome to Adria, near Padua where he fought Attila. They were served at banquets given by the Duke of Ferrara in 1529 when they were known as 'Deci' apples. Included in a list of 'worthy varieties' in 1823 by a horticulturalist living in Venice.The apple was well known as 'Decio' around Venice in 1939.

Small sized fruit flushed brownish pink over green, ripening to red and cream. Flesh quite sweet and fruity. An upright tree of weak vigour.

Characteristics of Decio apple trees

Fruit sizeSmall
Picking timeLate Oct
Season of useDec-Mar
Tree vigourSmall
Tree habitUpright
Pollination date16
Pollination groupE
PollinatorsPollination partners