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Lady Sudeley apple

Lady Sudeley is a large and attractive English early-season apple, which became popular in the late Victorian era and was grown commercially for a period.  The blossom is also attractive and has some frost-resistance.  It remains a common garden apple variety in England.  Unusually for an early variety, the apples can be kept for a week or so in the fridge.

Last updated 03 Jan 2014.

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02 Nov 2010 
For the first time this year we had enough Lady Sudeley for a single variety cider - and very good it is too. Excellent balance for an early variety. We also discovered that the wood is very brittle. Lady Sudeley should not be allowed to overcrop or branches will break - despite heavy thinning in June and July. The tree in question is on M26. In the heritage orchard at Sonairte a Victorian tree on a standard rootstock crops in a more manageable way though a recent graft onto M9 also came close to breaking this year

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A well-known and attractive English early-season apple from the late Victorian era.

Lady Sudeley phototape


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Originates from: Sussex, United Kingdom
  • Introduced: 1849
  • Developed by: Mr Jacob of Petworth
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1563
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1941-029


  • Fruit colour: Red / Green
  • Bultitude apple group: 4. Flushed / striped, smooth, dessert / dual-purpose


  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Flavour quality: Good
  • Flavour style: Sharper
  • Harvest period: Early season
  • Use / keeping: 1 week


  • Cropping: Good
  • Flowering period: Late season
  • Flowering group: 4
  • Fertility: Partially self-fertile
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Average growth
  • Gardening skill: Very easy
  • Attractive features: Attractive blossom
  • General disease resistance: Good
  • Period of origin: 1800 - 1849


  • Blossom frost-resistance: Good resistance

Other qualities

  • Awards: RHS Award of Merit

References and further reading about this variety

  • Apples of England (1948)
    Author: Taylor

Lady Sudeley identification photos from official fruit collections

UK National Fruit Collection

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Lady Sudeley identification photos from website visitors

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Latest Spring blossom records for this variety

2016 season

  • 25th May  2016  - tree owned by m in Limerick, Ireland

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Latest harvest records for this variety

2016 season

  • 3rd week August  2016  - tree owned by m in Limerick, Ireland

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