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Granny Smith apple trees

  • Pick: Very late-season
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Self-fertile
  • Uses: Eat fresh | Cookery 

Like many of the well-known supermarket apple varieties, Granny Smith is undergoing something of a renaissance as apple enthusiasts discover that the qualities that have made it so successful as a commercial apple can also be useful in the home orchard. The flavour of home-grown examples can be more complex and interesting than the one-dimensional tart acidity of shop-bought apples, particularly if you allow the apples to ripen fully on the tree.

Granny Smith is a versatile apple, great for eating fresh of course, but also a good apple for sweet and savoury salads (since it does not go brown readily) and a good choice for apple pies - slices keep their shape when cooked. (For best cooking results, pick when slightly under-ripe).

As well as the distinctive green skin and tart flavour, Granny Smith is well known for its excellent keeping qualities. It is one of the best apples for home storage.

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Granny Smith apple trees for sale

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity

Pot-grown fruit trees  (Deliveries Sept 2014 - April 2015)

Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - 12l pot - MM106 rootstock £27.95

Bare-root fruit trees  (Deliveries November 2014 - February 2015)

Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - MM106 rootstock £17.45

Delivery period: Pot-grown trees can be delivered from September onwards. Bare-root trees can be delivered from mid-November onwards. Within those periods you can specify your preferred month of delivery during the checkout process. It is best to order as soon as you can to ensure items are reserved for you.

*Mature size: Height shown is the approximate height of the tree when mature (after 5-10 years), not the height when supplied. See photos of trees as supplied. Actual mature heights may vary considerably dependent on your local conditions and training and pruning regime - see our Tree Height Calculator.

Stock availability: Items showing as 'sold out' will probably be available again next season. Click here to be notified when we get more trees of this variety.

Summary features of Granny Smith

    Growing

  • Gardening skill: Average?
  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Fertility: Self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 3?
  • Pollinating others: Good?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Average growth?
  • Precocity: Precocious?
  • Bearing regularity: Biennial tendency?
  • Fruit bearing: Partial tip-bearer?
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening?
  • Overall disease resistance: Average?
  • Scab: Some susceptibility?
  • Mildew: Some susceptibility?
  • Fireblight: Some susceptibility?
  • Woolly aphid: Some susceptibility
  • Cedar apple rust: Some resistance?

    Uses

  • Picking season: Very late?
  • Use / keeping: 3 months or more?
  • Flavour quality: Good?
  • Flavour style: Sharper
  • Good for eating fresh
  • Good for cooking
  • Cooking result: Keeps shape
  • Drying / Discoloring: Oxidising?

    Identification

  • Country of origin: Australia
  • Period of origin: 1850 - 1899
  • Fruit colour: Green
  • Blossom colour: Pink - light
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Popularity: Best sellers?


Pollination guide for Granny Smith

Granny Smith is in flowering group 3. Granny Smith is self-fertile and does not need a pollination partner, although fruiting may be improved if there is a compatible tree of a different variety nearby. Since it flowers in the middle of the blossom season it can be pollinated by most other apple trees.

How to grow Granny Smith apple trees

Granny Smith will grow happily in the UK, but requires a warm summer and a sunny autumn for the apples to fully ripen. It is therefore best grown in full sun in a very sheltered south-facing spot, and is probably most suited to the south and east of the UK.

Granny Smith is generally easy to grow, but it can lapse into biennial bearing if allowed to over-crop. Cropping is usually very good but the famous bright green color is only achieved in areas of warm days and nights. In cooler climates where autumn temperatures drop overnight Granny Smith can develop an attractive red flush.

One of the unusual features of Granny Smith is that the apples tend to grow behind the foliage, on the inside rather than the outside of the tree - as can be seen in our main photo.

Granny Smith is a very good pollinator of other apple varieties, making it an excellent choice if you are establishing a small orchard in a warmer area.

Varieties with similar picking times to Granny Smith

About the same time

Braeburn

Slightly later >



Historical details

Discovered by Maria Smith, Australia, 1860s.


Botanical name

Malus domestica 'Granny Smith'


Related variety collections

Apple trees for southern Europe



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