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Francis



A small, sweet, lightly aromatic apple similar to Laxton's Superb.

Origin: Essex UK, 1925

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

Francis apple trees produced to order

We do not stock this variety, but it is available through our custom bud-grafting service.

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). You can choose the number of trees and the rootstock(s) you want the trees grafted on.

Read more about our Grafting service here.

If you wish to order a grafted tree of this variety please fill in our contact form in the first instance.

History and description of Francis

Raised in Essex by F W Thorrington from a Cox's Orange Pippin seedling. Received by the National Fruit Collection, UK in 1925. Small fruit, flushed skin with some russetting. Slightly dry, firm, cream flesh, sweet and lightly aromatic. Similar to Laxton’s Superb . Heavy cropper

Characteristics of Francis apple trees

UseDessert
ColourFlushed
FlavourSweet
Fruit sizeSmall
Picking timeMid Oct
Season of useNov-Dec
Tree vigourModerate
Tree habitUpright-spreading
Fruit-bearingSpur-bearer
CroppingHeavy
Pollination date12
Pollination groupD
Self-fertilitySelf-sterile
PollinatorsPollination partners
ParentageCox's Orange Pippin