Apple - American Mother

American Mother Apple

Malus domestica
An old American apple dating from the mid 19th Century

Origin: USA 1844

Pollination:  American Mother is partially self-fertile and would produce some crop without a pollinator but would benefit considerably from a pollinator. Show suitable pollination partners

A guide to choosing Apple Trees



American Mother Apple Trees for sale - order online

We supply trees and plants only during the winter planting season from late November to mid March. Orders placed now will not be be delivered until the winter planting season. You will not be required to pay until October but by ordering now you can ensure that the items are reserved for you and supplied as early as possible when we resume delveries in late November.
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 Availability Price Qty required
M26 - Semi-dwarfing   1 year Maiden Sold out £17.50
The availability information shown in the availability column in the table is always up-to-date.
Available means Available for supply from Nov 2018 to March 2019
2019/20 means Sold out but available for supply winter 2019/20. Orders taken from May 2019
Sold out means Sold out for supply Nov 2018 to March 2019. May be available again winter 2019/20




History and description of American Mother

American Mother arose in Bolton, Worcester County, Massachusetts and was first recorded in 1844. It was introduced to the UK by the famous nurseryman Thomas Rivers. It was popular in the UK in 1920's and 1930's. It received the Award of Garden Merit (AGM) from the Royal Horticultural Society in 1993.

The fruit is medium sized, long conical, ribbed and sometimes lopsided. Deep red flush over a greenish yellow background. The flesh is almost yellow, quite soft and juicy. It is sweet and at best with a perfumed quality. However it can lose flavour quickly after ripening.

Produces an upright tree of average vigour with good scab and mildew resistance. Cropping can be erratic.




Main characteristics of American Mother

Use Dessert
Colour Red
Flavour Sweet
Fruit size  Medium
Picking time  Late Sep
Season of use  Oct-Dec

Tree vigour  Moderate
Tree habit  Upright
Fruit bearing  Spur-bearer
Cropping Erratic
Disease resistance  Canker: Susceptible
Scab: Very resistant
Suitable for Late Frost
Northern Britain

Pollination date  15
Pollination group  D
Self fertility  Partially Self Fertile
Pollinators Show suitable pollination partners
Progeny  Mrs PhillimoreThomas Rivers