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Edelborsdorfer apple tree

Edelborsdorfer is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Picking season: Late
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 4

Edelborsdorferer is a very old apple variety, originating from central Europe - possibly from the area around the town of Borsdorf, near Leipzig, in the 16th century.

The variety is known by numerous other names. It was also grown in England where it was known as Queen Charlotte's apple after the wife of King George III. It may also have been used in an old English pudding recipe called "Apple Charlotte".

For such an old variety it has a surprisingly modern "bi-colored" appearance - it is a mid-size yellow-green apple with an attractive pink-red flush where the sun catches it.

The flesh is firm to crisp, and the flavor is sweet, with a wine-like tang.

Edelborsdorfer apple trees for sale

You can pre-order for spring 2025

  • Semi-dwarf 1-year bare-root tree $37.95
    Mature height: 8ft-12ft after 10 years
    Semi-dwarf rootstock
    Out of stock

How to grow

Edelborsdorfer has quite good disease resistance, and flowers quite late so is a good choice if you are in an area prone to early spring frosts.

The main issue is its tendency to biennialism - bearing only in alternate years.  Be sure to thin the fruitlets aggressively in the "on" year to keep this under control.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

Edelborsdorfer characteristics

  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Pollination group4
  • Picking seasonLate
  • UsesEating fresh
  • Keeping (of fruit)1-2 months
  • Summer maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)
  • Country of originGermany
  • Period of origin1500 - 1549
  • Flesh colourWhite
  • Fruit colorGreen / Yellow