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Emperor Alexander



A large, attractive dual purpose apple thought to have originated from Ukraine.

Origin: Ukraine, 1700

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

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

Emperor Alexander apple is believed to have originated in the Ukraine. It was known in the 1700's. Growers around Riga, on the Baltic, sent fruit every year to the Russian Court and named the apple as a compliment to Emperor Alexander I. Introduced in England in 1805 by nurseryman James Lee of Hammersmith, London. Once widely grown in North America.

Large sized fruit. Round-conical to conical shape, ribbed. Background colour pale yellow, one quarter to three quarters flushed and mottled bright scarlet red with broad, broken red stripes. Smooth skin, very greasy if stored. Mainly a culinary apple but quite sweet when eaten fresh and cooks to a pleasant lemony puree.

A hardy, vigorous tree. Good cropper.

Characteristics of Emperor Alexander apple trees

UseDual Cul & Des
ColourFlushed
FlavourSharp
Fruit sizeLarge
Picking timeMid Sep
Season of useSep-Oct
Tree vigourVigorous
Tree habitUpright-spreading
Fruit-bearingSpur-bearer
CroppingGood
Suitable forHardy
Special featuresAttractive Blossom
Attractive Blossom
Pollination date10
Pollination groupC
Self-fertilitySelf-sterile
PollinatorsPollination partners
ProgenyMaidstone Favourite