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Apple trees

James Grieve

James Grieve is the classic Scottish cooking apple. It can also be eaten fresh, and is excellent for juice.  Remove this variety from the comparison


Gardening skill?Suitable for beginners
Fertility?Partially self-fertile
Flowering group?3
Pollinating others?Good
James Grieve produces large amounts of pollen, which is also viable at low temperatures.
Vigour?Average growth
Bearing regularity?Regular
Fruit bearing?Spur-bearer
Fruit persistence?Fruit drops when ripe


Picking season?Mid
Use / keeping?1-2 months
Flavour quality?Average
Flavour styleSharper
Cooking resultKeeps shape

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Overall disease resistance?Average


Country of originUnited Kingdom
Period of origin1850 - 1899
Fruit colourOrange flush
Blossom colourWhite
Leaf colourGreen