Why buy SLOG apple trees?

Our varieties are those which our members have told us do well in the orchards and gardens of South Lakeland. Grown in Cumbria, they will be hardy in the more challenging climates of the north.

Apple Trees for Sale from SLOG

Our apple trees, grafted in 2015 are now available for sale to members and the public.

In addition, we now have trees available for sale which we have brought in from a commercial supplier. They are ready now, and are bare-rooted. The list is available here

Our grafted apple trees from Spring 2016 are doing well, and will start to be available from late summer 2016. Here is the list.

Please ring Adele on 015395 52102 to confirm availability.

Prices are: 1-10 trees: £13.50, 11- 20 trees: £13.00, More than 20 trees: £12.50.

In the mean time, look below for descriptions of the different varieties:

Adam's Pearmain
Arthur Turner
Ashmead's Kernal
Autumn Harvest
Beauty of Bath
Blenheim Orange
Bradley's Beauty
Discovery
Epicure
Duke of Devonshire
George Cave
Golden Pippin
Gold Medal
Gravenstein
Greenups Pippin
Katy
Keswick Codlin
Lane's Prince Albert
Mere de Menage
Minshull Crab
Newton Wonder
Proctors Seedling
Red Devil
Ribston Pippin
Scotch Bridget and Lancashire Scotch Bridget
Scumptious
St Edmund's Russet / Pippin
Sunset
Taylor's Favourite

We regret that we cannot send trees through the post - they are available by collection either from a SLOG member or from: an event or show at which we are exhibiting.

Hilary shows the BBc's Carol Kelin how to graft trees

 

If you grafted your own tree last year, here is more information about how to look after your new tree.

Our own Hilary even taught Carol Klein how to graft!

 

 

 

 

Here's more information on each of the varieties we have chosen over the years

If you would like more information about a particular variety, the following will give you a lot more detail:

FruitID
The National Fruit Collection
Orange Pippin

Rootstock Descriptions

MM 106

Half standard.  A good choice for small to large gardens. This rootstock will produce an apple tree about 3.6 metres (12 foot) wide and 3m (10 foot) tall at maturity.
Apple trees on MM106 rootstock can easily be pruned to keep them to a height of around 2 to 2.5 metres (6 to 8 ft) high. They have the added benefit over M26 rootstock in that they will not require staking after a couple of years.
The tree will not grow too large, so that the average mobile person will find it easy to prune. In the north west of England it is ideal for cordons and espaliers.

M26

Dwarf. A good rootstock for a small garden and ideal for a small bush tree or cordon and espalier shaped trees. Trees grown on M26 may need supporting with a stake during thier life, as the rootstock does not produce a strong root system. Apple trees on M26 rootstock will produce a crop in the third year. It is ideal for the amateur gardener who wants to grow a small bush tree or cordon and espalier shaped trees. Its size can be controlled to a large degree by pruning twice a year, with no specialist knowledge required.

M25

Standard.  Full size tree suitable for orchards and large spaces. Very vigorous; typically 12-15ft high; can be bigger depending on variety, large, heavy, spreading tree.


Adam's Pearmain

ADam's Pearmain apple

 

An old English dessert apple which are suitable for the west, being moderately vigourous. It is a partial tip-bearer. It crops well, but can tend to being biennial. the fruit has the crisp, dry, nutty taste of many russets.

 

 

Arthur Turner

A large, mid-season cooker. Raised by Charles Turner at Slough, Bucks., and introduced by him in 1915, it received the Award of Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society in 1912 as 'Turner's Prolific'. It was renamed in 1913. It is well known for its particularly attractive blossom, for which it received an Award of Garden Merit in 1945

Autumn Harvest

 

Ashmead's Kernal Apple

Ashmead's Kernal

A high quality dessert apple, late in season, which was first raised in the 1700s in Gloucestershire. However, it does very well in Cumbria, producing sweet and slightly russetted fruit which will generally store until February. Now confirmed as a triploid, so will need at least two other trees in the vicinity.

 

 

Beauty of Bath

An early season dessert apple which originated at Bailbrook, Bath, Somerset and was introduced by Cooling of Bath in about 1864. It received a First Class Certificate from the Royal Horticultural Society in 1887. This variety was once the most important early commercial apple in the U.K. Its fruits are soft, juicy, sweet and a little acid, with a distinctive flavour.

 

Blenheim Orange

A dual purpose triploid which is a vigorous grower. The fruit has a dry distictive flavour, and Rosie Sanders desribes it as "..one of the loviest apples". It is a partial tip bearer, and the fruits are for storing between October and January.

Bradley's Beauty apple

Bradley's Beauty

A vary hardy and disease resistant variety found on the mosses by one of our own members. A crisp dual purpose apple which sweetens as it matures. Now widely grown as it is such a lovely tree, it is very vigourous, and will need a lot of space.

 

 

Epicure / Laxton's Epicure

An early dessert, Epicure was raised in 1909 by the Laxton Brothers at Bedford in 1929, and received the Award of Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society in 1931. Fruits have moderately firm and juicy flesh with a refreshing flavour reminiscent of its parent, Cox's Ornage Pippin

Discovery

A very early dessert apple which should be eaten off the tree, or very shortly thereafter. It is very easy to grow, and its crisp flavour straight off the tree means it is a good tree to have for children, or where one has just one tree in a garden or patio. Discovery is a seedling of Worcester Pearmain.

Duke of Devonshire apple

Duke of Devonshire

A very late dessert apple, it was bred in 1835 by Wilson, gardener to the Duke of Devonshire at Holker Hall, Cumbria. Fruits have firm, fine-textured, juicy flesh with a rich, nutty flavour. It is resistant to scab, moderately vigorous and freely spur bearing.

Goerge Cave apple

 

 

George Cave

A very early dessert apple, which is best eated straight off the tree. Raised in 1923 by George Cave at Dovercourt, Essex. It was acquired by Seabrook & Sons Ltd of Boreham, Essex and named in 1945. Fruits have a little soft, fine-textured, juicy flesh with a little acid, slightly aromatic and pleasant flavour.

 

 

Gold Medal

An early dual purpose Lancashire Variety, Gold Medal was raised by Troughton, a nurseryman at Preston, Lancashire. Its original name was Ryland Surprise, and it was introduced in about 1882. Fruits have soft, white flesh with a slightly acid flavour.

Golden Pippin

A mid season dessert apple which was recorded in 1629. Fruits have firm, crisp flesh with a sweet, subacid and rich flavour.

Gravenstein

Found in Denmark, notable for its sweetness and favoured in baking. Gravenstein is an old apple variety from Denmark which remains very popular on account of its high quality flavour.

Greenups Pippin / Yorkshire Beauty

A mid season dual purpose apple, which was found in the garden of shoemaker Greenup in Keswick and introduced in the late 1700s by nurserymen Clarke & Atkinson, Keswick. Fruits have tender, yellowish white flesh with a sweet subacid flavour.

Katy apple

Katy

An early dessert apple (but not as early as Discovery) originally from Sweden. Available commercially it is a cross between James Grieve and Worcester Pearmain. A hardy apple and a good pollinator which does well in Cumbria and is easy to grow.

 

 

Keswick Codlin apple

Keswick Codlin

An early cooker, this is one of the first apples ready in the autumn. It was originally found growing on a heap of rubbish at Gleaston Castle near Ulverston, Lancashire, England. It was recorded in 1793. Introduced by nurseryman John Sander at Keswick, hence the name Keswick Codlin.

 

Lane's Prince Albert

A late cooker, which is thought to have been raised in about 1840 by Thomas Squire of Berkhamsted. It was introduced by John Lane in 1850 and received a First Class Certificate from RHS in 1872. Its fruits are very juicy, acid and cooks well. It is still popular, especially in the north west as it is an easy tree to grow in the garden, with generally good disease resistance and tolerating a wide range of situations.

Mere de Menage

A mid season cooker which as known in the late 1700s. Fruits have firm, greenish, rather coarse-textured and rather dry flesh with an acid flavour. This variety is not one identified as a members' favourite, as it is not widely grown, but was added as an unusual variety for someone who might want something a little different.

Minshull Crab

A mid season cooking apple which originated in Minshull, Cheshire, England. The original tree was growing in 1777. Fruits have firm, crisp, white flesh with a very acid and bitter flavour

Newton Wonder apple

 

Newton Wonder

A late season cooker with a very large, with a sharp acidic flavour, which cooks down to a puree. The apples also store very well

 

 

 

Proctors Seedling

Proctors seedling is a late, dessert, red striped Lancashire apple which was much grown around Lancaster in the 18th century, and is remembered as a favourite apple by the older generation. According to Taylor,it is "well known in Liverpool markets as a popular dessert apple for January." It's not seen outside Lancashire (or Cumbria!)

Red Devil

Red Devil is a mid-season dessert apple, notable for its distinctive red flesh. The flesh is white as with most apples, but stained with red which grows inwards from the skin. This is a characteristic sometimes seen in its parent, Discovery, but much more obvious in Red Devil.

 

Ribston Pippin

Ribston Pippin

A highly recommended late dessert apple which originates from Ribston Hall near Knaresborough, Yorkshire. As a triploid, it is vigorous and hardy, but does not appear to resent being restricted. A lovely fruit, which will keep, but is best eaten before December.

 

 

Scotch Bridget apple

Scotch Bridget

Scotch Bridget originated in Scotland in 1851. A culinary apple commonly found in Cumbrian farm orchards, it will produce regularly and crops fairly heavily in northern locations. The fruits have tender, soft flesh, flushed with red. It has a sub-acid rich flavour and will not fall when cooked. When kept until December, the fruit ripens to become a desert apple. Now confirmed as a triploid, so will need at least two other trees in the vicinity.

 

 

Scrumptious

A new early dessert variety which is a cross between Golden Delicious and Discovery. The variety is suitable for wetter areas, and crops heavily. the flavour is described as rich and complex with a hint of aniseed.

St Edmund's Russet / St Edmund's Pippin

St Edmund's Pippin apple

 

Raised by Mr. Harvey at Bury St Edmunds in 1870. Fruit small, flattish somewhat conical; skin covered in russet very bright orange; skin rough, thick and tough; flesh juicy and russet flavoured, crisp and creamy-white. Saint Edmund's Russet (sometimes known as St. Edmund's Pippin) is one of the best russet apple varieties. It looks superb with its dull matt russet colouring, and tastes great. The flavour is richer than Egremont Russet, and noticeably juicier. Dessert, season November. A partial tip-bearer.

 

 

Sunset

Sunset appleA mid season dessert whcih was raised from a pip of Cox's Orqage Pippin. It is more reliable than Cox in colder wetter areas, and hence good for the north west. Cropping is good and reliable, but needs thinning. A delicious flavour.

 

 

 

 

Taylor's Favourite

Taylor's Favourite appleA mid season cooker which originates from Whitebeck farm in the Lyth Valley.