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Annie Elizabeth apple trees

Malus domestica
Annie Elizabeth

Annie Elizabeth is a well-known traditional English "cooker". The flavour is sweeter than most culinary varieties, and it can also be eaten if you like a sharp apple. The apples are usefully large, and it is a good keeper.

This is a good variety for any recipe where you want slices to keep their shape when cooked.

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Annie Elizabeth apple trees for sale

Bare-root

  • BR11-year bare-root tree MM106 rootstock £19.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
  • BR22-year bush-trained bare-root tree MM106 rootstock £29.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)

How to grow

Like many traditional cooking apples, Annie Elizabeth is reliable and easy to grow. It can be grown throughout the UK and is usually unaffected by pests and diseases.

Although usually considered as a partially self-fertile variety, Annie Elizabeth nevertheless has many of the hallmarks of a (self-sterile) triploid variety - good disease resistance, vigorous growth, and thick dark-coloured leaves. For this reason it is perhaps best planted with another compatible (different) variety nearby. It is also not a reliable pollinator of other varieties.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

History

Raised in Leicestershire in the mid 19th century and introduced by the Harrison and Sons nursery of Leicester.

Annie Elizabeth characteristics

Growing

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Self-fertilityPartially self-fertile
  • Flowering group4
  • Pollinating othersPoor
  • Fruit bearingSpur-bearer
  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climatesMild damp climates

Using

  • Picking seasonLate
  • CroppingGood
  • Keeping (of fruit)3 months or more
  • Food usesCulinary
  • Flavour style (apples)Sharper
  • Cooking resultKeeps shape

Problems

  • Disease resistanceGood
  • ScabSome resistance
  • CankerSome resistance
  • MildewSome resistance

Climate

    Identification

    • Country of originUnited Kingdom
    • Period of origin1850 - 1899
    • Fruit colourOrange flush