James Grieve apple trees

James Grieve apple
  • Picking season: Mid
  • Uses: Eating fresh
  • Uses: Cooking
  • Uses: Juice
  • Uses: Hard cider
  • Uses: Dual purpose (eat + cook)
  • Keeping (of fruit): 1-2 months
  • Gardening skill: Easy
  • Self-fertility: Partially self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 3

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

Mature height*
1-year James Grieve apple trees bare-root
G.16 rootstock
Small (6ft-9ft) mature height

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

How to grow

James Grieve performs best in areas with cooler summers.

Historical details

James Grieve was developed in Edinburgh, Scotland, around 1893. It is probably descended from an old Scottish cooking apple variety called Pott's Seedling.

James Grieve characteristics


  • Picking season: Mid
  • Uses: Eating fresh Cooking Juice Hard cider Dual purpose (eat + cook)
  • Cropping: Good
  • Keeping (of fruit): 1-2 months
  • Flavor quality: Average
  • Flavor style (apples): Sharper
  • Cooking result: Keeps shape
  • Discoloring: No discoloration (Good for drying)
  • Fruit persistence: Fruit drops when ripe


  • Gardening skill: Easy
  • Self-fertility: Partially self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 3
  • Pollinating others: Good
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Average vigour
  • Precocity: Precocious
  • Bearing regularity: Regular
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer

Disease resistance

  • General resistance: Average
  • Canker: Some resistance
  • Fireblight: Some susceptibility
  • Scab: Some susceptibility


  • Cold hardiness (USDA): (5) -20F / -29C
  • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20C - 24C / 68F - 75F) Cold (< 20C / 67F)
  • Frost resistance of blossom: Good resistance Some resistance


  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Period of origin: 1850 - 1899
  • Fruit color: Orange flush
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit