Apple - Granny Smith

Granny Smith Apple

Malus domestica
One of the most widely grown commercial apples known for its green colour, sharp flavour and firm texture.

Origin: Australia 1868

Pollination:  Granny Smith is self-fertile and a pollinator is not necessary for producing a crop. Show suitable pollination partners

A guide to choosing Apple Trees

Granny Smith Apple Trees for sale - order online

Please select the rootstock, age and tree form available items in the table below. The choice of rootstock is important as it determines the size to which the tree will grow when mature. Trees are available either as maidens which are untrained one year old trees or two year old trees already trained in a particular form. Reduced price trees when available are smaller one year old trees or two year old trees which have less well developed heads than our regular trees but are otherwise perfectly good healthy trees offered at a lower price. Trees are supplied bare root during the planting season from late November to early March. Further information is available below.

Rootstock / Vigour / Age / Form
M9 - Dwarfing   1 year Maiden
M26 - Semi-dwarfing   1 year Maiden
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MM106 - Semi-vigorous   1 year Maiden
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History and description of Granny Smith

Named after Mrs Anne Smith of Ryde, New South Wales, Australia who found the original seedling. Born in Peamarsh, Sussex, UK in 1800, Mrs Smith emigrated to Australia in 1838. In the 1860's she found the seedling growing in a creek where she had thrown out some apples. The seedling is believed to have arisen from a pip of a French Crab apple. It first fruited in 1868. Mrs Smith found the fruit to be good for cooking. It was also found to be good for eating fresh and to store well. Her family propagated the tree and started to market the fruit. The variety became known Granny Smith and went on to become a major commercial variety. It is now grown extensively in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa as well as other warmer apple growing regions such as Spain, Southern France, and Washington State, U.S.A. A site near Mrs Smith's home was named 'Granny Smith Memorial Park' in 1950 to commemorate the apple.

A medium sized apple. Round-conical shape. Faint trace of ribbing. Some fruits slightly flushed purplish brown. Greenish white flesh, firm and rather coarse textured. Can be crisp and refreshing but with no distinctive flavour. Tough skin. It is used as a dual purpose apple in many countries.

A tree of moderate vigour. Heavy cropper. Fruit ripens poorly in England.

Main characteristics of Granny Smith

Use Dessert
Colour Green
Flavour Sharp
Fruit size  Medium
Picking time  Mid/Late Oct
Season of use  Dec-Apr

Tree vigour  Moderate
Tree habit  Upright-Spreading
Fruit bearing  Spur-bearer
Cropping Heavy
Disease resistance  Mildew: Very susceptible

Pollination date  10
Pollination group  C
Self fertility  Self Fertile
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