George Cave apple trees

George Cave apple tree

A very early English apple, with a fairly strong flavour. The fruit is crisp when picked straight from the tree but does not keep.

George Cave apple trees for sale

Sorry we have not been able to produce any trees of this variety this season.

We may still be able to propagate it to order for you. Please contact us for more details.

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Summary features of George Cave


  • Gardening skill: Average?
  • Cropping: Good
  • Fertility: Partially self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 3?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Fruit bearing: Partial tip-bearer?
  • Fruit persistence: Fruit drops when ripe?
  • Organic / no-spray culture?


  • Picking season: Very early?
  • Use / keeping: Does not keep?
  • Flavour quality: Good?
  • Flavour style: Sharper
  • Good for eating fresh
  • Drying / Discoloring: Oxidising?


  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Period of origin: 1900 - 1949
  • Fruit colour: Orange / Red
  • Leaf colour: Green


  • Frost resistance: Good resistance?
  • Temperate climates
  • Mild / damp climates?
  • Planting position: Tolerates partial shade

Pollination guide for George Cave

George Cave is in flowering group 3. George Cave is partially self-fertile, but fruiting will 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 George Cave apple trees

George Cave is easy to grow, and a useful choice if you are looking for a very early (early - mid August) apple for your collection. It is a good choice for growers in wetter climates.

Historical details

Raised by Mr George Cave, Essex, England in the early 1920s.

Botanical name

Malus domestica 'George Cave'

UK-grown trees All our trees are grown in the UK.