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Lady Apple apple

Lady is an old French variety, which remains popular in Europe and North America.  The fruits are small but with a good aromatic flavor.  

Lady Apple is also widely known (particularly in Europe) as Api, after the Forest of Api in Bretagne in western France where it is thought to have been discovered.  Some believe this is the same variety as an apple known in Roman times as Appia, but modern authorities question this.  However it is certainly a very old variety.

Throughout its history this variety has been used for decoration and adornment.  It was popularly used by ladies to mask unpleasant odours.

Last updated 03 Jan 2014.

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Current rating: 4.5 out of 5. Total votes cast: 11

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19 Sep 2018 
We have several old apple trees on our property we purchased and noticed this apple fragrant small almost white with red swipes best apple i have ever eaten must save this old beauty

05 Oct 2016 
Bought a bag full of these last year - second time in my life - and kept 'em until Christmas. Imagine my surprise to find almond dominating the aroma! Still hard, juicy and...not enough of them. Got to get this growing nearer to home!

12 Nov 2015 
Lip smacking candy sweetness in every tiny crunchy bite. Like Pixie Crunch, these small apples will be a hit in lunchboxes for young school children.

31 Jan 2014 
Freshly picked or fresh out of the box, these apples are amazing. They have a candy-like sweetness that tastes almost floral at times. Great fresh eating apple. The flesh will go soft fairly fast (especially if purchased after they have been shipped all the way from Washington), so eat them quickly! One of my favorite apples I can find in natural foods stores here in CO.

30 Mar 2012 
Tiny Lady apple are indeed juicy and sweet flavored apple. However, as noted in some apple catalogs, the peel has more flavor than the apple. Lady apples do well on dwarf stock for container orchardists.

23 Oct 2011 
These tiny apples have a great chewy bite and are loaded with juice and sweet flavor. A truly great little snack!

18 Oct 2011 
A work colleague picked this variety up from a friend's house in Monmouth and he was amazed by the flavour!

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Lady, or Api, is an old French apple variety with a good aromatic flavor, and many decorative uses.

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  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Originates from: Bretagne, France
  • Introduced: 1628
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1769
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1982-288


  • Flesh colour: White
  • Fruit size: Small
  • Fruit size: Very small
  • Fruit shape: Flat
  • Fruit shape: Flat-round
  • Fruit shape: Short-round-conical
  • Fruit shape: Round
  • Fruit shape: Round-conical
  • Shape features (vertical view): Lop-sided, unequal sides, irregular
  • Shape features (vertical view): Symmetrical
  • Shape uniformity: Uniform, in size and shape
  • Russet % coverage: Low
  • Russet % coverage: Absent
  • Bloom qualities: Thin White
  • Basin russet: Usually Russet free


  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Uses: Cooking
  • Uses: Juice
  • Uses: Hard cider
  • Uses: Drying
  • Flavour quality: Very good
  • Flavour quality: Good
  • Flavour style: Sweeter
  • Flavour style: Aromatic
  • Harvest period: Late season
  • Use / keeping: 1-2 months


  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Flowering period: Mid season
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Slightly small
  • Bearing regularity: Biennial tendency
  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Precocity: Slow to start bearing
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
  • Attractive features: Attractive fruit
  • General disease resistance: Average
  • Period of origin: 1600 - 1649


  • Scab  - Some susceptibility

Also known as

  • Api
  • Christmas Apple

Lady Apple identification photos from official fruit collections

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Lady Apple identification photos from website visitors

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Latest Spring blossom records for this variety

2016 season

  • 15th May  2016  - tree owned by Brian in Green Bay, United States

2015 season

  • 10th May  2015  - tree owned by Brian in Green Bay, United States

2013 season

  • 10th May  2013  - tree owned by Dave in Spokane, United States
  • May  2013  - tree owned by Mrs Che in Bingley, United Kingdom

2012 season

  • 16th May  2012  - tree owned by Dave in Spokane, United States
  • 16th May  2012  - tree owned by Dave in Spokane, United States
  • April  2012  - tree owned by Mrs Che in Bingley, United Kingdom

2011 season

  • 23rd April  2011  - tree owned by Mrs Che in Bingley, United Kingdom

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Latest harvest records for this variety

2016 season

    2015 season

      2013 season

      • 4th week September  2013  - tree owned by Dave in Spokane, United States

      2012 season

      • 4th week October  2012  - tree owned by Dan in Camano Island, United States

      2011 season

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