Priscilla apple trees

Priscilla apple tree
  • Pick: Mid-season
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Uses: Eat fresh 
  • Disease-resistance: Good

Priscilla is a late 20th century apple, developed by the well-regarded "PRI" co-operative or Purdue, Rutgers and Illinois universities.

The primary aim of this program is disease-resistance, and flavor can sometimes be a casualty. Priscilla does fairly well on this score though, with a light floral flavor somewhat reminscent of McIntosh and Delicious in a good year, but ultimately this is a late summer apple and cannot compare with the later-ripening varieties. It keeps well for such an early variety, but is at its best when eaten straight from the tree or used for cider.

Cropping is consistent and as should be expected it is generally unaffected by disease problems. Indeed Priscilla is still one of the most disease resistant apples available.

Last orders for delivery to CA to reach us by 31st March

Priscilla apple trees for sale

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity
Small  (6ft - 9ft after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - G.41 rootstock  (dwarf) $29.00 Sold outalert me

Delivery discounts. Prices are for individual trees excluding delivery. There is no minimum quantity but it is cost effective to order in multiples of 4 trees.

Delivery period: Trees are delivered in March and April. However it is best to order as soon as you can to ensure items are reserved for you. If you live in a warm zone (e.g. Southern California, Alabama etc.) Fall delivery is possible. More details on our spring shipping schedule by state.

*Mature size: Height shown is the approximate height of the tree when mature (after 5-10 years), not the height when supplied. Actual mature heights may vary considerably dependent on your local conditions and training and pruning regime - see our Tree Height Calculator.

Stock availability: Items showing as 'sold out' will probably be available again next season. Click here to be notified when we get more trees of this variety.

Summary features of Priscilla


  • Gardening skill: Easy?
  • Cropping: Good
  • Fertility: Not self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 3?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Average growth?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Growth habit: Spreading
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer?
  • Fruit persistence: Ripens over a period?
  • Overall disease resistance: Good?
  • Organic / no-spray culture?
  • Canker: Some susceptibility?
  • Scab: Very resistant?
  • Mildew: Some resistance?
  • Fireblight: Very resistant?
  • Cedar apple rust: Very resistant?



  • Country of origin: United States
  • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999
  • Fruit colour: Red
  • Blossom colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green


  • Temperate climates
  • Tolerates cold winters

Pollination guide for Priscilla

Priscilla is in flowering group 3. Priscilla is self-sterile and needs to be pollinated by another 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 Priscilla apple trees

Priscilla is a good choice for any grower faced with serious disease pressure.

The apples hang well on the tree until overripe.

Historical details

Priscilla was one of the very first new apple varieties to be introduced from the co-operative breeding program between the universities of Purdue, Rutgers, and Illinois. During the development it was known as "Co-op 4". Many of the varieties released by this program include the letters "PRI" in their names, and in this case the variety was named after the wife of a president of Purdue university. The initial development took place in the 1960s.

Botanical name

Malus domestica 'Priscilla'