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Forge Apple

Malus domestica
An old traditional dual purpose apple from Sussex

Origin: Sussex UK 1851

Pollination:  Forge is self-sterile and would require a pollinator to produce a crop. Show suitable pollination partners

A guide to choosing Apple Trees



Forge 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 Available £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 Forge

First described in 1851 when it was already well known. Said to have originated at Forge Farm, Sussex or near the old iron forges near East Grinstead, Sussex. Widely grown in North Sussex and Surrey in the 19th century when it was used for cider making. Medium sized, conical to round-conical fruit. Orange-red flush with short broken crimson stripes over a pale green background turning pale yellow. Becomes very greasy in storage. White flesh, crisp and very juicy. Sharp, tannic flavour early in the season but mellows with keeping to become lightly aromatic. A dual purpose apple. Cooks to a soft puree making a good sauce.




Main characteristics of Forge

Use Dual Cul & Des
Colour Flushed
Flavour Sharp
Fruit size  Medium
Picking time  Late Sep
Season of use  Sep-Dec

Tree vigour  Moderate
Tree habit  Upright-Spreading
Fruit bearing  Spur-bearer
Cropping Good
Disease resistance  Scab: Very resistant
Suitable for Late Frost
Wet Regions
Special features Good for Cider

Pollination date  15
Pollination group  D
Self fertility  Self-sterile
Pollinators Show suitable pollination partners
Other names  Sussex Forge