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James Grieve apple trees

RHS AGM for James Grieve
  • Pick: Mid-season
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Uses: Eat fresh | Cookery | Juicing | Cider 

James Grieve is a justifiably popular dual-purpose apple variety, raised in Scotland at the end of the 19th century, the height of the Victorian period of apple development in the UK. It is a very juicy apple, producing plenty of sharp-tasting apple juice.

James Grieve is a mid-season variety that is picked in northern zones around early-mid September. At this stage it is pleasantly acidic and refreshing and if it is too sharp for eating it can be used for cooking (cut it into small chunks, it keeps its shape when cooked). After a few weeks the flavor sweetens and becomes quite mild, and it is then an excellent apple to eat in slices along with a cheese course. The flesh is soft, somewhat like a firm pear in texture.

James Grieve apple trees for sale

Sorry we have not been able to produce any trees of this variety this season.

We may still be able to propagate it to order for you. Please contact us for more details.

Summary features of James Grieve

    Growing

  • Gardening skill: Easy?
  • Cropping: Good
  • Fertility: Partially self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 3?
  • Pollinating others: Good
    James Grieve produces large amounts of pollen, which is also viable at low temperatures.?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Average growth?
  • Precocity: Precocious?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer?
  • Fruit persistence: Fruit drops when ripe?
  • Overall disease resistance: Average?
  • Canker: Some resistance?
  • Scab: Some susceptibility?
  • Fireblight: Some susceptibility?

    Uses

  • Picking season: Mid?
  • Use / keeping: 1-2 months?
  • Flavour quality: Average?
  • Flavour style: Sharper
  • Good for eating fresh
  • Good for cooking
  • Good for juice
  • Good for hard cider
  • Cooking result: Keeps shape
  • Drying / Discoloring: No discolor / Good for drying?

    Identification

  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Period of origin: 1850 - 1899
  • Fruit colour: Orange flush
  • Blossom colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • RHS AGM: RHS AGM
  • Popularity: Best sellers?

    Climate

  • Frost resistance: Good resistance?
  • Frost resistance: Some resistance?
  • Temperate climates
  • Tolerates cold winters
    Blossom is frost-resistant
  • USDA Zone 5: Yes
  • USDA Zone 6: Yes
  • USDA Zone 7: Yes
  • Cold hardiness: -20F / -29C?


Pollination guide for James Grieve

James Grieve is in flowering group 3. James Grieve is partially self-fertile, but fruiting will be improved if there is a compatible tree of a different variety nearby. Since it flowers in the middle of the blossom season it can be pollinated by most other apple trees.

How to grow James Grieve apple trees

James Grieve performs best in areas with cooler summers.

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Historical details

Edinburgh, Scotland 1893, probably descended from an old Scottish culinary variety Pott's Seedling.


Botanical name

Malus domestica 'James Grieve'




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