Elstar apple trees

  • Picking season: Late
  • Uses: Eating fresh
  • Keeping (of fruit): 1-2 months
  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 3

A particularly attractive late-season apple with a very good flavor, related to Golden Delicious and (more distantly) Cox's Orange Pippin.

The skin can have a marbled appearance, often with a soft sheen to it. It tends to lack the perfect smoothness of many modern varieties. The underlying color is golden yellow but overlaid with deep red. The flavor can be more intense than is often the case with other Golden Delicious offspring, but it retains the appealing sweetness - usually described as 'honeyed' in most apple text books. It also inherits the good keeping qualities of Golden Delicious. All in all this is a variety worthy of wider planting.

Elstar apple trees for sale

Mature height*
1-year Elstar apple trees bare-root
G.16 rootstock
Small (6ft-9ft) mature height
1-year Elstar apple trees bare-root
M.7 rootstock
Medium (8ft-12ft) mature height

*Find out more about the apple rootstocks we use to control the mature height.

How to grow

Whilst most supermarket varieties are grown in warm climates, Elstar prefers cooler climates although it benefits from a sunny aspect.

Elstar grows best in zones 5-6, in areas with cooler summers.

Though not particularly disease-resistance it is generally easy to grow, and crops heavily.

Historical details

Developed in the Netherlands in the 1950s, a cross between Golden Delicious and Ingrid Marie - the latter being an offspring of Cox's Orange Pippin.

Elstar characteristics


  • Picking season: Late
  • Uses: Eating fresh
  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Keeping (of fruit): 1-2 months
  • Flavor quality: Very good
  • Flavor style (apples): Sweet/Sharp
  • Discoloring: No discoloration (Good for drying)
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening


  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 3
  • Pollinating others: Average
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Vigorous
  • Precocity: Precocious
  • Bearing regularity: Biennial tendency
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer

Disease resistance

  • General resistance: Poor
  • Fireblight: Some susceptibility
  • Mildew: Some susceptibility
  • Scab: Some susceptibility


  • Cold hardiness (USDA): (5) -20F / -29C
  • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20C - 24C / 68F - 75F) Warm (25C - 30C / 76F - 85F)


  • Country of origin: Netherlands
  • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999
  • Fruit color: Orange flush
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit