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Alexander apple

Last updated 12 Jan 2014.

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Current rating: 3.0 out of 5. Total votes cast: 6

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12 Oct 2012 
The tree in our yard in Bothell WA is about 100 yrs old. The core of our house was built in 1906 and we think the tree was planted fairly soon after that. It still produces large delicious apples. We have taken cuttings, grafted them to root stock, and given them as gifts to friends. Missy

30 Jul 2012 
Can someone please help me find this apple? I have been searching for a grower for ages. Algoma orchards is large and the owner said his Dad had some at the old house but they are gone now. I would love to plant this heritage apple.

04 May 2012 
I grew up with this tree and it lived to be 50+ years old. It kept producing apples until it finally died, and I am happy to have some seedlings from this tree. Great for baking, and just munching on!

11 Mar 2012 
My father introduced me to this apple several years ago when he discovered an orchard in Prince Edward Island with Alexanders. I was amazed that I was able to make a pie with only one apple! Excellent for apple crumbles as well. Delicious and holds its shape.

02 Oct 2011 
This variety makes the most wonderfully flavoured pies and crisps!

01 Jan 2010 
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An old and attractive culinary apple, cooks to a puree.


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Unknown
  • Originates from: Ukraine
  • Introduced: 18th century
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1219
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1999-072
  • 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.


  • Flesh colour: White
  • Flesh colour: White to Cream, pale yellow
  • Fruit size: Very large
  • Fruit size: Medium
  • Fruit size: Large
  • Fruit shape: Round-conical
  • Fruit shape: Conical
  • Shape features (vertical view): Lop-sided, unequal sides, irregular
  • Shape features (vertical view): Tapering toward calyx end or apex
  • Shape uniformity: Pentangular, 5 sided
  • Shape uniformity: Uniform in shape, Variable in size
  • Bultitude apple group: 3. Flushed / striped, smooth, acidic, culinary
  • Russet % coverage: Medium
  • Russet % coverage: Low
  • Basin russet: Little, light russet
  • Basin russet: Ochre or Green Russet
  • Basin russet: Smooth, fine Russet
  • Basin russet: Usually Russet free


  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Uses: Cooking
  • Uses: Drying
  • Flavour quality: Good
  • Flavour quality: Average
  • Flavour style: Sweet/Sharp
  • Harvest period: Mid season
  • Use / keeping: 2-3 weeks


  • Flowering period: Mid season
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Large
  • Precocity: Precocious
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer

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United States

United Kingdom

  • Salter in Hitchin, HERTFORDSHIRE



New Zealand


  • Ann in Manturovo, KOSTROMA OBLAST

Latest Spring blossom records for this variety

2012 season

  • May  2012  - tree owned by Salter in Hitchin, United Kingdom

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Latest harvest records for this variety

2012 season

  • October  2012  - tree owned by Salter in Hitchin, United Kingdom

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