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Duke of Devonshire



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.  Pollination partners

Duke of Devonshire 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-1Duke of Devonshire tree custom-grafted on M9 rootstock (Dwarfing)£39.00 each
  • CG-2Duke of Devonshire tree custom-grafted on M26 rootstock (Semi-dwarfing)£39.00 each
  • CG-3Duke of Devonshire tree custom-grafted on MM106 rootstock (Semi-vigorous)£39.00 each
  • CG-4Duke of Devonshire tree custom-grafted on MM111 rootstock (Vigorous)£39.00 each
  • CG-5Duke of Devonshire 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 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.

Characteristics of Duke of Devonshire apple trees

UseDessert
ColourRusset
FlavourSweet-sharp
Fruit sizeMedium
Picking timeEarly/Mid Oct
Season of useDec-Mar
Tree vigourModerate
Tree habitSpreading
Fruit-bearingSpur-bearer
CroppingLight
Disease resistanceMildew - Susceptible
Scab - Very resistant
Suitable forNorthern Britain
Wet Regions
Pollination date11
Pollination groupC
Self-fertilitySelf-sterile
PollinatorsPollination partners
ProgenyPolly Prosser