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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 it is available through our custom bud-grafting service.

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). You can choose the number of trees and the rootstock(s) you want the trees grafted on.

Read more about our Grafting service here.

If you wish to order a grafted tree of this variety please fill in our contact form in the first instance.

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