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Greensleeves apple trees

Greensleeves
Greensleeves has received the RHS Award of Garden MeritGreensleeves is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators
Greensleeves is a reliable and popular mid-season green/yellow apple, easy to grow and productive.

Greensleeves apple trees for sale

Pot-grown

All pot-grown trees are suitable for planting out in the garden, some are suitable for growing in containers.

  • PG12-year 11.5L pot-grown tree M27 rootstock £42.00
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  • PG22-year bush-trained 12L pot-grown tree M26 rootstock £43.00
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  • PG32-year bush-trained 12L pot-grown tree MM106 rootstock £43.00
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Bare-root

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  • BR22-year bush-trained bare-root tree M26 rootstock £32.75
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  • BR31-year bare-root tree MM106 rootstock £25.95
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  • BR42-year bush-trained bare-root tree MM106 rootstock £32.75
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Greensleeves is the result of an interesting experiment, crossing the crisp sweet flavours of Golden Delicious with the juicy acidity of the famous Scottish apple variety, James Grieve. The result is a mid-season apple that crops heavily and grows very easily.

The flavour is, as you might expect, simple and straightforward - basically sweet but quite a bit sharper than Golden Delicious. Even so, since Golden Delicious prefers a warmer climate than is found in much of the UK, Greensleeves can be considered as a reasonable substitute.

As with many varieties that have James Grieve in their parentage, Greensleeves is a notably juicy apple, and useful for juicing and cider.

How to grow

Greensleeves is one of the easiest apple varieties to grow, and is partially self-fertile, and this probably accounts for its steady popularity amongst gardeners.

Greensleeves is also a very good pollinator for other apple varieties because its blossom is unusually long-lasting (a quality it inherits from both Golden Delicious and James Grieve, which are both good pollinators).

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

History

A cross between Golden Delicious and James Grieve, developed at the famous East Malling Research Station in Kent, UK, in the 1960s.

Greensleeves characteristics

Growing

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Self-fertilityPartially self-fertile
  • Flowering group2
  • Pollinating othersGoodAverage
  • Fruit bearingSpur-bearer
  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climates
  • WildlifeRHS Plants for Pollinators

Using

  • Picking seasonMid
  • CroppingHeavy
  • Keeping (of fruit)1 week
  • Food usesEating freshJuice
  • Flavour style (apples)Sweet/Sharp

Problems

  • Disease resistanceGood

Identification

  • Country of originUnited Kingdom
  • Period of origin1950 - 1999
  • Fruit colourGreen
  • AwardsRHS AGM (current)