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Lane's Prince Albert apple

Lane's Prince Albert is one of the definitive English cooking apples.  It was discovered by Thomas Squire of Berkhamsted in the 1840s, and named by him after Prince Albert.  It was subsequently taken on by local nurseryman John Lane and it rapidly became a very popular garden apple variety - and remains so in England and elsewhere to this day.

It possesses the typical qualities of an English "cooker" - a juicy acidic flavour and it keeps very well.  The apples are a good size, but not as large as many other English culinary varieties.  It is an easy tree to grow in the garden, with generally good disease resistance and tolerating a wide range of situations.  The Victorian author Hogg rated it as "a marvellous bearer, and rarely fails to produce a crop" - the apples bruise easily but this is unlikely to be an issue for the domestic user.

The parentage is not confirmed but is thought to include Dumelow's Seedling, which it resembles visually and in keeping qualities.

Last updated 27 Jan 2013.

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Visitor comments

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18 Aug 2015 
We inherited a Lanes Prince Albert when we came here 5 years ago and find it excellent. Heavy cropper, good keeper, delicious flavour.

13 Jan 2014 
I've just ordered a Lane's Prince Albert for my allotment. I'm looking forward to growing it in its home town.

21 Sep 2013 
My LPA is a dainty, spreading tree producing huge crops of green cookers. It has an untamed quality about it making it hard for me to decide where to prune as it is so pretty. The fruit is excellent in crumbles and pies. I live in Norfolk, although the postcode town is in Cambs. Janet Simpson, St John's Fen End, Wisbech, Cambs.

25 Jun 2011 
I have a small Lane's Prince Albert in my garden.

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A classic Victorian English cooking apple, and remains a popular garden variety.

Lane's Prince Albert phototape


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Originates from: Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom
  • Introduced: 1850s
  • Developed by: Messr. H. Lane & Son
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1122
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1975-308
  • Some historical details taken with kind permission from 'The New Book of Apples' by Joan Morgan and Alison Richards , illustrated by Elisabeth Dowle, published by Ebury Press, 2002.


  • Fruit colour: Red / Orange flush
  • Bultitude apple group: 3. Flushed / striped, smooth, acidic, culinary


  • Uses: Cooking
  • Uses: Juice
  • Uses: Hard cider
  • Cooking result: Puree Lemon-coloured puree.
  • Flavour quality: Good
  • Flavour style: Sharper
  • Harvest period: Late season
  • Use / keeping: 3 months or more


  • Cropping: Good
  • Flowering group: 4
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Slightly small
  • Gardening skill: Very easy
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
  • Attractive features: Attractive blossom
  • General disease resistance: Good


  • Climate suitability: Temperate climates
  • Climate suitability: Tolerates cold winters
  • Blossom frost-resistance: Susceptible

Other qualities

  • Awards: RHS AGM 1993

Disease resistance

  • Scab  - Very resistant

Relationships to other varieties

Parents and other ancestors of this variety:

  • Dumelow's Seedling (parent) - Dumelow's Seedling is the probable parent of Lane's Prince Albert.

Offspring of this variety:

Lane's Prince Albert identification photos from official fruit collections



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Lane's Prince Albert identification photos from website visitors

Lane's Prince Albert
Lane's Prince Albert

Lane's Prince Albert tree 3rd May 12
Lane's Prince Albert tree 3rd May 12

Copyright: L. Greensides

Fruit tree register

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The following Lane's Prince Albert trees have been registered - click the name to view more details of each tree.

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Latest Spring blossom records for this variety

2016 season

  • 25th May  2016  - tree owned by Bill in , United Kingdom
  • 11th May  2016  - tree owned by Susan in FETCHAM, United Kingdom

2015 season

  • 9th May  2015  - tree owned by Bill in , United Kingdom
  • May  2015  - tree owned by Isabel in HARROGATE, United Kingdom

2014 season

  • 12th May  2014  - tree owned by Mark in LEYBURN, United Kingdom
  • April  2014  - tree owned by Amanda in CAHORS, France

2013 season

  • 27th May  2013  - tree owned by Bill in , United Kingdom

2012 season

  • 3rd May  2012  - tree owned by Lenore in BEVERLEY, United Kingdom

2010 season

  • April  2010  - tree owned by Caroline in DUNDEE, United Kingdom

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Latest harvest records for this variety

2016 season

    2015 season

    • 2nd week October  2015  - tree owned by Bill in , United Kingdom
    • 1st week September  2015  - tree owned by Roy in Bridgwater, United Kingdom
    • September  2015  - tree owned by Isabel in HARROGATE, United Kingdom

    2014 season

    • 2nd week October  2014  - tree owned by Bill in , United Kingdom
    • 2nd week September  2014  - tree owned by Janet in WISBECH, United Kingdom

    2013 season

    • October  2013  - tree owned by John in Musselburgh, United Kingdom

    2012 season

    • 1st week October  2012  - tree owned by Lenore in BEVERLEY, United Kingdom

    2010 season

    • October  2010  - tree owned by Caroline in DUNDEE, United Kingdom
    • October  2010  - tree owned by Rebecca in BRACKLEY, United Kingdom

    Where to buy trees

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