Apple - Duke of Devonshire

Duke of Devonshire Apple

Malus domestica
A late russet apple with an intense sweet-sharp flavour.

Origin: Cumbria UK 1835

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

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Duke of Devonshire 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.
We currently produce this variety to order only through our bud-grafting service. You cannot order on line. If you wish to order please contact us using the messaging facility on the contact us page. Let us have your name, postal address, telephone and email address as well as which variety you would like us to produce, how many and on what rootstock. Bud-grafting is carried out in late July and early August. The trees would be supplied approximately 18 months later. We normally need to have received orders by the beginning of July. Please click here for full details of our bud-grafting service.




History and description of Duke of Devonshire

Raised by Wilson, head gardener to the Duke of Devonshire at Holker Hall, Cumbria in 1835. Introduced c1875. Popular in Edwardian times and still a valued garden apple.

Medium-sized fruit. Flat-round to short-round-conical shape. Dull green skin becoming pale golden yellow, covered with russet patches, with sometimes a slight brownish yellow flush. Creamy white flesh, tinged green. Firm and fine-textured with an intense fruit-drop flavour, and a rich nutty finish.

A spreading tree of moderate vigour. Light cropper. Prone to mildew.




Main characteristics of Duke of Devonshire

Use Dessert
Colour Russet
Flavour Sweet-sharp
Fruit size  Medium
Picking time  Early/Mid Oct
Season of use  Dec-Mar

Tree vigour  Moderate
Tree habit  Spreading
Fruit bearing  Spur-bearer
Cropping Light
Disease resistance  Mildew: Susceptible
Scab: Very resistant
Suitable for Northern Britain
Wet Regions

Pollination date  11
Pollination group  C
Self fertility  Self-sterile
Pollinators Show suitable pollination partners
Progeny  Polly Prosser