Meridian apple trees

Meridian apple tree
  • Pick: Mid-season (mid-September)
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Uses: Eat fresh | Juicing 
  • Disease-resistance: Good
  • Pollination partners

Meridian is a good example of the modern English dessert apple, and an excellent choice for the garden. It is unfortunately not that well known, and deserves to be more widely-planted.

Meridian is a cross between Cox's Orange Pippin and Falstaff, and inherits the best qualities of both varieties. Meridian is a notably juicy apple, typical of Falstaff (and other varieties descended from James Grieve).

The flavour is very good, with plenty of sweetness but a good balance of sharp acidity as well - this is a variety that will appeal to most tastes.

Meridian apple trees for sale

Order now for delivery from 18th December

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity

Bare-root fruit trees

Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - MM106 rootstock £18.95

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.

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Summary features of Meridian

Growing

  • Gardening skill: Average?
  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Fertility: Not self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 3?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Average growth?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer?
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening?
  • Overall disease resistance: Good?
  • Organic / no-spray culture?
  • Scab: Some resistance?
  • Mildew: Some resistance?
  • Woolly aphid: Some susceptibility

Uses

  • Picking season: Mid?
  • Use / keeping: 2-3 weeks?
  • Flavour quality: Very good?
  • Flavour style: Sharper
  • Good for eating fresh
  • Good for juice
  • Drying / Discoloring: Oxidising?

Identification

  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Period of origin: 2000
  • Fruit colour: Orange / Red
  • Blossom colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Popularity: Under-rated?

Climate

Pollination guide for Meridian

Meridian is in flowering group 3. Meridian is self-sterile and needs to be pollinated by another 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 Meridian apple trees

Meridian is easy to grow, crops heavily, and has good disease resistance. It crops reliably in most seasons

Historical details

Developed at East Malling Research Station in Kent during the late 20th century as an alternative to Cox's Orange Pippin - which is one of its parents. However in many respects it is closer to its other parent, Falstaff.

Botanical name

Malus domestica 'Meridian'


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