‘James Grieve’ Apple Tree

An excellent mid-season, cooking and eating apple introduced in 1893.


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‘James Grieve’ Apple Tree was introduced over a century ago in Victorian Scotland.

As an excellent juicing apple and cheeseboard companion, this apple has a soft, pear-like texture and sweet flavour.

The fruit has pale green and red stripes and has a high yield mid-season.

James Grieve is available in different rootstocks to suit a range of gardens. The rootstock controls the rate of growth so you can choose a rootstock suitable to where you would like to plant your tree. The rootstock also ensures the tree fruits earlier than when grown on its own roots.

M26, a Semi-Dwarf variety, is suitable for smaller gardens and where space is at a premium. This rootstock grows to a mature height of 2.5m (8ft) after 10 years.

MM106, a Semi-Vigorous variety, is commonly one of the largest rootstock available and is best suited to large gardens and where space is not an issue. This rootstock grows to a mature height of 3.5m (11ft) after 10 years.

The Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit (RHS AGM)


  • Recipient of the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit
  • Rootstock: M26, MM106
  • Fruiting Season: Mid
  • Parentage: Unknown
  • Pollination: Flowering Group 3 – Self-fertile

To ensure good pollination and a good crop, apple trees require two or more different cultivars from the same Flowering Group.

Some cultivars are triploid. This means they require two non-triploid cultivars for good pollination.

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