Apple - Francis

Francis Apple

Malus domestica
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. Show suitable pollination partners

A guide to choosing Apple Trees



Francis Apple Trees for sale - order online

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 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



Main characteristics of Francis

Use Dessert
Colour Flushed
Flavour Sweet
Fruit size  Small
Picking time  Mid Oct
Season of use  Nov-Dec

Tree vigour  Moderate
Tree habit  Upright-Spreading
Fruit bearing  Spur-bearer
Cropping Heavy

Pollination date  12
Pollination group  D
Self fertility  Self-sterile
Pollinators Show suitable pollination partners
Parentage  Cox's Orange Pippin