Lord Derby apple trees

Lord Derby apple tree
  • Pick: Late-season (early September)
  • Flowering group: 4
  • Uses: Cookery | Juicing 
  • Disease-resistance: Good
  • Pollination partners

Lord Derby is a traditional large English cooking apple, ripening in the mid to late season - from mid-September to early October.

Lord Derby fills a useful gap in the culinary apple calendar, arriving after the early cookers such as Keswick Codlin and Grenadier, and before the later cookers such as Bramley. This is not a variety for winter storage but the apples can be kept for a month or so in a cool place.

The Victorian author Hogg rated Lord Derby as an "excellent culinary apple". The flavour is nicely acidic if picked young, but milder if picked when fully ripe (at which point the skin develops a more yellow hue).

Although usually considered a cooking apple, many Lord Derby enthusiasts regard it as an excellent sharp eating apple too.

Lord Derby apple trees for sale

Order now for delivery from 24 October (pot-grown) or December (bare-root).

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity

Pot-grown fruit trees

Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - 12l pot - MM106 rootstock £30.95

Bare-root fruit trees

Medium  (2.2m - 3m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - bare-root - M26 rootstock £26.95
Medium  (2.2m - 3m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - M26 rootstock £18.45 Sold outalert me
Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - MM106 rootstock £18.45
Full size  (5m+ after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - M25 rootstock £18.45
Full size  (5m+ after 5-10 years) Standard 1.75m - bare-root - M25 rootstock £29.95 Sold outalert me

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.

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 Lord Derby

Growing

  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners?
  • Cropping: Good
  • Fertility: Not self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 4?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Large?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer?
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening?
  • Overall disease resistance: Good?
  • Scab: Very resistant?
  • Blossom wilt / Brown rot: Very susceptible?

Uses

  • Picking season: Late?
  • Use / keeping: 1-2 months?
  • Flavour quality: Very good?
  • Flavour style: Sharper
  • Good for cooking
  • Good for juice
  • Cooking result: Textured puree
  • Drying / Discoloring: Oxidising?

Identification

  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Period of origin: 1850 - 1899
  • Fruit colour: Green - light
  • Leaf colour: Green

Climate

  • Frost resistance: Good resistance?
  • Temperate climates
  • Tolerates cold winters
  • Mild / damp climates?
  • Planting position: Full sun preferred

Pollination guide for Lord Derby

Lord Derby is in flowering group 4. Lord Derby is self-sterile and needs to be pollinated by another tree of a different variety nearby.

How to grow Lord Derby apple trees

Lord Derby is a very easy apple tree for the garden, and like many Victorian culinary apples it has excellent natural disease resistance. It seems to be happy in both wetter and drier climates.

Historical details

Cheshire, 19th century.

Botanical name

Malus domestica 'Lord Derby'


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