All about apples, pears, plums, and cherries - and orchards where they are grown

Greensleeves apple

This apple can be picked in mid-September but will happily stay on the tree into October so you can eat it fresh from the tree for at least a month. This, along with its good cropping, make it a really excellent variety to grow in the garden.

In theory Greensleeves marries the sweet flavour of its Golden Delicious parent balanced by the acidity of its other parent, James Grieve. It can be hard and sharp early in the season but mellows later, but it never quite achieves what the parentage suggests it should.

As the photo shows, Greensleeves is actually a lovely golden yellow colour if you leave it on the tree into October.

Last updated 01 Dec 2012.

Rate this variety for flavor

Current rating: 4.7 out of 5. Total votes cast: 3

Visitor comments

(Use the form at the bottom to add your own comments about this variety)

25 Sep 2015 
Grew this as a " step over". Magnificent in blossom and excellent fruit set, requiring heavy thinning in June/July. Many fruits split in July ( possible consequence of dry months followed by heavy rain, although other varieties nearby have not split). Many of fruits have blemished skins. Still not really ripe last week in September. Rather disappointed by performance of this variety so far, especially as this county is one of best in UK for growing apples.

03 Oct 2010 
I was looking to buy a new eating apple for the garden and tasted several varieties at the garden centre. I would not have thought of this variety but one taste and I was hooked! A lovely firm apple that is sweet but with a hint of sharpness. I await the fruit from my own tree with eager anticipation.

12 Oct 2008 
Today 12/10/08 my two boys Matthew and Jack (8 and 4) tasted three varieties in Jacks Orchard (i Planted 34 trees in 2003 to mark Jacks birth ) Discovery, Ashmeads Kernal and Greensleeves and we all voted this apple the best - Sweet juicy and crisp- a real winner. The boys take a real interest in their apples and are lovely to watch tasting - some got spat out as too sour but this was a real winner for them. hope this is of use to you if you have children.

30 Sep 2008 
A friend gives me several pounds of Greensleeves each year from his garden, and I find they go golden beutifully in the fruit bowl. To my taste they fully live up to their parentage, in texture, juice and flavour, provided you find mellow varieties satisfying. It isn't sensational, but it is luscious, exceptionally pleasant and has most of what's missing from Golden Delicious. It's hardly worth bothering to take the small core out, as there's nothing woody there.

Add your comments about this variety

Have you tasted this variety ? Do you agree or disagree with our tasting notes ? Enter your comments below. Please tell us your name (just first name if you wish) and email address, and if possible the nearest city. Your name and location, but not your email address, may be published on this website. All comments are reviewed before publishing.

Your email
City (optional)
State (optional)
Password Create a password for your account
Organisation (optional)
Security question: What is the 1st or 2nd word of the name of this website (in big letters in the banner of this page)?
We send 2-3 newsletters per year, please let us know if you would like to receive them. Rest assured that we do not buy or sell email addresses - for more details see our privacy policy.

A good garden apple, with a pleasant but unexceptional flavour.

Greensleeves phototape


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Golden Delicious and James Grieve
  • Originates from: Kent, England, United Kingdom
  • Introduced: 1966
  • Developed by: East Malling Research Station
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1026
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1980-077
  • 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.


  • Bultitude apple group: 5. Yellow, smooth, sweet or acidic


  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Uses: Juice
  • Flavour quality: Average
  • Flavour style: Sweet/Sharp
  • Harvest period: Mid season
  • Use / keeping: 1 week


  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Fertility: Partially self-fertile
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Pollinating others: Good
  • Vigour: Weak growing
  • Gardening skill: Very easy
  • Precocity: Precocious
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
  • Attractive features: Attractive blossom
  • Attractive features: Attractive fruit
  • General disease resistance: Good


  • Climate suitability: Temperate climates
  • Blossom frost-resistance: Good resistance

Other qualities

  • Awards: RHS AGM 1993

Relationships to other varieties

Parents and other ancestors of this variety:

Offspring of this variety:

See also:

  • Redsleeves - Redsleeves and Greensleeves were both developed at East Malling Research station (although not related).

References and further reading about this variety

  • Fruit Expert
    Author: Hessayon

Greensleeves identification photos from official fruit collections



UK National Fruit Collection

©Crown Copyright more >
UK National Fruit Collection

Greensleeves identification photos from website visitors

Fruit tree register

Do you have a tree of this variety in your garden or orchard? If so please register the details here and contribute to our international register of fruit trees.

The following Greensleeves trees have been registered - click the name to view more details of each tree.

You can also view these trees on a map.

United States

United Kingdom

Latest Spring blossom records for this variety

2018 season

  • 26th April  2018  - tree owned by Paul in Southport, United Kingdom

2016 season

  • 11th May  2016  - tree owned by Andrew in St Saviour, United Kingdom
  • 7th May  2016  - tree owned by Paul in Southport, United Kingdom

2015 season

  • 4th May  2015  - tree owned by Paul in Southport, United Kingdom
  • 4th May  2015  - tree owned by Jon in Brigg, United Kingdom
  • 1st May  2015  - tree owned by Andrew in St Saviour, United Kingdom

2014 season

  • 27th April  2014  - tree owned by Steve in Steeple Claydon, United Kingdom
  • 25th April  2014  - tree owned by Andrew in St Saviour, United Kingdom

2013 season

  • 21st May  2013  - tree owned by Andrew in St Saviour, United Kingdom
  • 11th May  2013  - tree owned by Paul in Southport, United Kingdom
  • 11th May  2013  - tree owned by Steve in Steeple Claydon, United Kingdom

2012 season

  • 9th May  2012  - tree owned by Andrew in St Saviour, United Kingdom

2011 season

  • 15th April  2011  - tree owned by Andrew in St Saviour, United Kingdom

2010 season

  • 5th May  2010  - tree owned by Elizabeth in Evesham, United Kingdom
  • 2nd May  2010  - tree owned by Stuart in Newbury, United Kingdom

Record your blossom dates in our Fruit Tree Register - more >>.

Latest harvest records for this variety

2018 season

    2016 season

      2015 season

      • 1st week October  2015  - tree owned by Andrew in St Saviour, United Kingdom
      • September  2015  - tree owned by Paul in Southport, United Kingdom

      2014 season

      • 1st week October  2014  - tree owned by Andrew in St Saviour, United Kingdom
      • 2nd week September  2014  - tree owned by Paul in Southport, United Kingdom

      2013 season

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

      2012 season

      • 4th week September  2012  - tree owned by Dan in Camano Island, United States
      • 2nd week September  2012  - tree owned by Andrew in St Saviour, United Kingdom
      • 2nd week September  2012  - tree owned by Colin in London, United Kingdom

      2011 season

        2010 season

        • 3rd week September  2010  - tree owned by Bluemarlin in Burnley, United Kingdom

        Where to buy trees

        The following fruit tree nurseries offer Greensleeves apple trees for sale:

        Where to buy fresh fruit

        United Statesmap >

        United Kingdommap >

        Canadamap >

        Sign in | Register

        Varieties you viewed

        Top 10 Varieties

        Top 10 highest ranked varieties

        Top 10 most voted on varieties

        Our Top 10 most popular variety descriptions

        ©2018 Orange Pippin Ltd. All rights reserved.
        Website by: Amarsys and Black Twig
        You may not reproduce any of the content of this website without our express permission.
        We do not accept any liability for loss or damage incurred as a result of any errors in the content of this website.