James Grieve apple trees
- Picking season: Mid
- Keeping (of fruit): 1-2 months
- Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners
- Pollination group: 3
- Uses: Eating fresh
- Uses: Cooking
- Uses: Juice
- Uses: Hard cider
- Self-fertility: Partially self-fertile
- Uses: Dual purpose (eat + cook)
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.
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1-year James Grieve apple trees bare-root
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How to grow
James Grieve performs best in areas with cooler summers.
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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:
Eating fresh Cooking Juice Hard cider Dual purpose (eat + cook)
- Keeping (of fruit):
- Flavor style (apples):
- Cooking result:
- Fruit persistence:
Fruit drops when ripe
- Gardening skill:
Suitable for beginners
- Pollination group:
- Pollinating others:
- Bearing regularity:
- Fruit bearing:
- General resistance:
- 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:
- Period of origin:
1850 - 1899
- Fruit color:
RHS Award of Garden Merit