Variety Place of origin Description A B
Ampney Red   Gloucestershire A dessert variety from Ampney Crucis where it is well known to older villagers. It hasn’t spread far from its place of origin. E. M25
Ashmeads Kernel Gloucestershire An excellent dessert apple. Gloucestershire’s most famous apple started in 1700 but not recognised much outside the county for nearly 300 years after its birth. E.5. M.S, MM106
Ballast Apple Gloucestershire A cider apple from Shepperdine but known from elsewhere in the county Ci. M25
Blenheim Orange An old favourite, good keeper, sweet nutty flavour. E.C.3. M25, MM106
Bramley       Nottingham Most popular cooker,  19th Century. C.3. M25, MM106
Cambridge Queening Gloucestershire A general purpose variety from the village of its name south of Gloucester. Queening implies it is angular from the French `coin’ Ci.C.E. M25
Catshead An old English variety, the earliest reference to which dates from 1629. The name comes from the unusual shape of the fruit, which in profile resembles a cat’s head. Grown in 18th and 19th Century England. Large, oblong-conical, irregular shaped fruit. Pale greenish yellow skin with russet dots. White, soft, juicy flesh. Cooks to a sharp, firm puree. C.3 M25
Cornish Gilliflower  Dark red flush with red stripes over gold. Intensely flavoured, rich and aromatic. First grown in 1800.  E.4. M.S.
Chapman’s Orange An excellent dessert variety grown by chance in Gloucestershire. E. MM106
 Chaxhill Red Gloucestershire A general purpose variety but best known for cider. In 1873 it won a First Class Certificate for cider at Gloucester. First raised by Squire Bennett of Chaxhill House, Chaxhill, Westbury-on-Severn. Squire Bennett who owned the Chaxhill Estate was interested in fruit production and his tenants’ farms were well stocked with a broad range of apple and other fruit varieties. He was a friend of William Viner Ellis of nearby Minsterworth Court. William Viner Ellis is much mentioned by R. Hogg in The Fruit Manual (1884).  He helped Hogg find a number of rare varieties of apple tree. Ci M.S.
Cox Orange flush over greenish yellow. Deep cream flesh has sweet aromatic flavour. Self-fertile E.3. MM106
Dabinett Somerset Excellent quality, bittersweet cider apple. 19th century. Ci.5. MM106, M25
Discovery Excellent early dessert apple, crisp and juicy with a hint of strawberry. Reliable and has good disease resistance. E.3. M25
Eden Gloucestershire  A dessert variety with Cox in its parentage, started in 1948 at Fon’s Orchard between Falfield and Thornbury. E. M.S.
Fons Spring     Gloucestershire Dessert apple. Probably very rare, as it was only distinguished from ‘Eden’ in 2002. A sister seedling to ‘Eden’ Raised near Thornbury in 1948. E. MM106. M.S.
 Gloucestershire Underleaf  A well known and much loved variety throughout Gloucestershire. It can be eaten fresh, cooked or made into cider. C.E.Ci MM106. M.S.
 Golden Noble Large handsome round fruit. Pale green skin ripening to golden yellow. Occasional pink flush. Cream coloured flesh with high vitamin C content. Good sharp flavour needing little added sugar. Ideal for apple pies as it keeps some of its shape when cooked. Keeps well losing some of its sharpness such that it can be used as a dessert apple in the spring.  E.C. MM106
Harry Masters Jersey Also known as ‘Port Wine’ well known for it’s full bitter sweet cider Ci.5. M25
Hen’s Turd’s Gloucestershire  A cider variety from Rodley. How it earned its disparaging name is a mystery. Ci. M.S.
James Grieve Raised by James Grieve in Edinburgh, Scotland either from a Pott’s Seedling or Cox’s Orange Pippin seedling. Introduced by Dickson’s Nursery. First recorded 1893. Received RHS Award of Merit 1897 and a First Class Certificate 1906. Formerly grown commercially in the UK and Northern Europe. Medium to large, round-conical fruit. Bright red flush over green skin ripening to yellow. Attractive looking. Creamy white, soft, juicy flesh. Quite sharp early in the season when it makes a good stewing apple. Acidity mellows in September and October but it still remains a fairly sharp tasting dessert apple. Bruises very easily. Limited storage life going soft quite quickly. Excellent variety for juice making. Moderately vigorous, spreading tree. Heavy cropper. Good pollinator. E.3. MM106
Katy Raised from James Grieve x Worcester Pearmain at the Fruit Breeding Institute, Balsgard, Sweden 1947. Its correct original name in Swedish is Katja, but it is generally known in the UK as Katy. It was introduced in 1966.


Medium sized, conical apple. An attractive fruit with a bright red flush over pale green skin ripening to pale yellow. White, juicy flesh. Sweet but with plenty of balancing acidity. Fair flavour with a hint of strawberry. Good for juice. Fairly vigorous tree. Crops very well. Heavy crops must be thinned to avoid small fruit. A good early garden dessert variety.

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Kill Boys          Gloucestershire An old variety from the Oldbury-on-Severn district. A hard cider variety which was reputed to have killed a boy. Ci. M25
Kingston Black Somerset One of the best known vintage cider varieties, medium bittersharp. Somerset 19th century. Ci.3. M25
Lakes Kernel Gloucestershire A really nice dessert variety from Ashleworth. Thought to have been first grown by Bill Lake of Hartpury, a blacksmith, now deceased. He had a blacksmith’s shop opposite the Royal Exchange public house.  Descendants of Mr Lake still live in the neighbourhood of Ashleworth to-day (2000). E. MM106. M.S.
Laxton’s Superb Sweet and similar to Cox, hardy and reliable. 19th century. E.4. MM106,
Leathercoat Gloucestershire First recorded mention in Shakespeare’s Henry IV part 2 when Davy says to Bardolph: There is a dish of Leathercoats for you, the scene is laid in Gloucestershire. E. Sold out
Lodgemore Nonpareil Gloucestershire A dessert variety raised by Mr Cook of Lodgemore nr Stroud in 1808 E. MM106
 Margaret Early dessert apple E. MM111
Newton Wonder Excellent late keeping, yellow and red apple, cooks to a juicy mild puree, or a fruity eater after storing, 19th century. E.C.5. MM106
Paradice Gold A new variety chosen by the London Paralympic Legacy for planting in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. E. MM106
Pear Box A curiously named general purpose variety from Oldbury-on-Severn. Ci M25
Rheads Reinette Gloucestershire A really nice dessert apple. Raised from seed by William Rhead (1852-1955) at either Elton Farm, Elton or Peglars Farm, Flaxley. E. MM106. M.S
Severn Bank An old and well known early general purpose variety. E.C.Ci. M25
 Somerset Redstreak  Popular, bittersweet cider apple. First grown in 1917.  Ci M25
Spartan A popular, reliable dessert variety. Medium sized, round-conical fruit. Dark maroon flush over a pale yellow skin. White, crisp, juicy flesh. Sweet but with some acidity. Needs to be left on the tree for as long as possible for the flavour to develop. E. MM106, M.S.
Tydeman’s Late Orange Reliable, rich, sweet, aromatic and trouble free. E.3. MM106
Worcester Pearmain A reliable cropper of fairly early fruit (September). Sweet and juicy with a strawberry flavour. E.3. MM106, M25
Yarlington Mill Somerset Well known medium sweet cider apple. First grown around 1900 Ci. M25
Yellow Willy Gloucestershire Small yellow dessert apple, probably from Lydney. Another burrnott (see Welsh Druid) E. M.S.
E = Eater (Dessert)   C = Cooker (Culinary)   Ci = Cider.Key ‘A’      (Uses + flowering period if known)

1 = Early  to  5 = Late

Key ‘B’     (Rootstock availability}

MM106 =semi vigorous

M25 + MM111 = vigorous


Maidens  = £18.00

Bush       =  £24.00

Half Standard = £24.00

Straightlead     = £24.00