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Limelight apple

A wonderfully attractive crisp and refreshing apple with a smooth yellow/green skin.

Limelight is a modern English apple variety, developed in Kent by Hugh Ermen.  It is an improved 'Greensleeves' type and is ready for picking in September.

Although Hugh Ermen's apples are usually developed with the amateur gardener in mind, Limelight has increasingly been catching the attention of small English growers, who appreciate its easy management characteristics.


Last updated 02 Nov 2014.

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Current rating: 3.0 out of 5. Total votes cast: 3

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12 Dec 2017 
I inherited a tree of these in Dundee, scotland. Don’t have much experience with home grown apples, but to me these taste somewhere between a Granny Smith and a golden delicious in terms of sweetness/sourness. Good flavour but nothing particularly interesting. Nice, dense texture. Juicy. And they are large. Bigger than any apple I see in supermarkets here except for Bramley’s. In summary, tasty apple that I enjoyed eating off the tree but nothing special to write home about. Grew with no fuss in an area that is quite cold.

15 Oct 2016 
Our tree has grown well in Scotland , it produces a lot of small apples but they develop spots, bitter pip perhaps? I have applied lime this year and have some clean fruit. There is a large sycamore nearby ,will that starve the apple tree of food, water?

19 Oct 2015 
Bought two espaliered Limelight, and very pleased with them. Abundant yield of crunchy, juicy, sweet apples. Very good.

28 Oct 2014 
Limelight is definitely one of our favourites, rich flavour, crisp and refreshing. Flavour fades in storage though

31 Jul 2010 
Moira................ Lack of fruits on your tree could have been due to................ 1 - poor pollination due to not enough bees, or perhaps bad weather that grounded the bees................. 2 - lack of a suitable pollinator tree nearby (a different variety flowering at the same time)................ 3 - perhaps the blossom was damaged by the unusually late frosts that we had this year................. 4 - trees sometimes don't fruit well until they've laid down a good root system, which can take a few years, depending on your growing conditions and the variety.

28 Jul 2010 
I purchased an espallier limelight apple tree this year, which had loads of blossom, and then shows no sign of producing any apples. I am wondering what I should have done differently. Have kept it well watered through this very dry summer!!!

29 Jun 2010 
Lyn Jones: I have been looking at one of the parent cultivars of Limelight, Greensleeves, in part because it is reputed to have a long bloom time. Have you kept track of the length of bloom for your (admittedly young) Limelight tree in 2010? Also, how do you find the flavor? Hugh Ermen has developed quite a reputation for creating Herefordshire Russet and Scruptious, therefore this cultivar piques my interest. BTW, the tree with longest bloom time in my yard has been Ashmead's Kernel: 19 days, overlapping the blooms of most of my trees. This will be the first year in which I may taste its fruit. It seems to be unknown in eastern WA.

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Developed by UK apple breeder H. Ermen, based on the Greensleeves apple from East Malling Research Station.

Limelight phototape


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Discovery and Greensleaves
  • Originates from: England, United Kingdom
  • Introduced: Hugh Ermen, 1980s
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1040


  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Uses: Juice
  • Flavour quality: Good
  • Flavour style: Sharper
  • Harvest period: Mid season
  • Use / keeping: 2-3 weeks


  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Slightly small
  • Gardening skill: Very easy
  • General disease resistance: Good


  • Climate suitability: Temperate climates


  • Scab  - Some susceptibility

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Limelight identification photos from official fruit collections

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Latest Spring blossom records for this variety

2014 season

  • 13th May  2014  - tree owned by in Gardenstown, United Kingdom
  • May  2014  - tree owned by Dave in Derby, United Kingdom

2013 season

2011 season

2009 season

  • May  2009  - tree owned by Lyn in Cambridge, United Kingdom

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2014 season

    2013 season

    2011 season

      2009 season

      • September  2009  - tree owned by Lyn in Cambridge, United Kingdom

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