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First and Last

A Victorian apple from Sussex claimed to keep in store for up to two years

Origin: Sussex UK, 1860

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

First and Last apple trees produced to special order

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

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

Arose near Horsham, Sussex, and first described in about 1860. Sold in Brighton market in the 19th century. Claimed to keep well in store for two years. Medium to large round fruit, smooth-skinned and predominantly flushed red. A refreshing apple with a fruity flavour.

Characteristics of First and Last apple trees

Fruit sizeMedium
Picking timeLate Oct
Season of useNov-Mar
Tree vigourModerate
Tree habitUpright
Pollination date14
Pollination groupD
PollinatorsPollination partners