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Granny Smith

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.  Pollination partners

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

Characteristics of Granny Smith apple trees

Fruit sizeMedium
Picking timeMid/Late Oct
Season of useDec-Apr
Tree vigourModerate
Tree habitUpright-spreading
Disease resistanceMildew - Very susceptible
Pollination date10
Pollination groupC
PollinatorsPollination partners