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Mother apple

Last updated 27 Jan 2013.

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

Visitor comments

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13 Mar 2015 
Perfectly plain, no scab, even finish, soft-breaking, keeps a month, not a standout at the market, easy to grow for me; It's mild flavor would be lost in a warmer climate I think. My 65 degree average is great for the early-mid, Alkmene is another; and the somewhat dry skin did not attract maggot like some (Akane).

05 Sep 2010 
Have just re-read others' comments about this variety, and must say, my fruits don't sound the same. Bought about 25 years ago from Scotts of Merriott, although a useful apple, mine have a non-waxy skin, end up mainly red with 'shoulders' to the fruit and have a reasonable but undistinguished flavour. Have I got something else?

05 Sep 2010 
We have grown this variety for about 25 years and find it very reliable, with large crops of beautiful crimson apples that keep till just after Christmas. We are in a cold spot, and find it tough and hardy, with few problems from pests and diseases. I have one with my muesli every day through October, November and December.

17 Nov 2009 
I have found a tree at Crown Nurseries, just 12 miles away so I'm hoping to taste them again, on my 80th birthday! It has a red and yellow - VERY waxy skin, and as you say, tastes like no other. Young gardeners should make sure it's on their shopping list.

25 May 2009 
My father Bill, planted an American Mother tree when I was a child. By the time I was a teenager, it has become a very large tree and I remember the flavour being like no other. Where can I find a tree now? I might add, that I am now 77 (in 2009!) so am looking for instant results !!!

07 Nov 2008 
I believe this is the same apple we had in Nova Scotia. What a distinctive taste, like no other apple. It was our favorite and I can still taste it even though the trees have been gone for 30 years. Does it have tiny flecks on the skin? If so, I'm sure.

12 Oct 2008 
I love this apple! Great cropper with good flavour whether eater raw or cooked. I stew and bottle it with Golden Noble (another brilliant cooker, not listed here) and it adds a nice pink colour. Keeps its shape when cooked and, best of all, like the Golde Noble which I'd also recommend, needs no sugar - who could ask for more?!

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An old Massachusetts apple variety rated for its flavor.

Mother phototape


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Unknown
  • Originates from: Massachusetts, United States
  • Introduced: mid 1800s
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1093
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1975-317


  • Flesh colour: White to Cream, pale yellow
  • Flesh colour: White to Greenish to Greenish Yellow
  • Flesh colour: Yellow to Very Yellow
  • Fruit size: Medium
  • Fruit size: Large
  • Fruit shape: Short-round-conical
  • Fruit shape: Round
  • Fruit shape: Round-conical
  • Fruit shape: Conical
  • Fruit shape: Long-conical
  • Fruit shape: Oblong-conical
  • Fruit shape: Oblong
  • Shape features (vertical view): Lop-sided, unequal sides, irregular
  • Shape features (vertical view): Ribs more pronounced at apex, toward basin
  • Shape features (vertical view): Tapering toward calyx end or apex
  • Shape uniformity: Uniform, in size and shape
  • Bultitude apple group: 6. Red flushed, smooth, sweet
  • Russet % coverage: Low
  • Russet % coverage: Absent
  • Basin russet: Little, light russet
  • Basin russet: Smooth, fine Russet
  • Basin russet: Usually Russet free


  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Uses: Drying
  • Flavour quality: Good
  • Flavour quality: Very good
  • Flavour style: Honeyed / Scented
  • Flavour style: Pear drop
  • Flavour style: Sweeter
  • Flavour style: Sweet/Sharp
  • Flavour style: Aromatic
  • Harvest period: Late season


  • Flowering period: Mid-Late season
  • Flowering group: 4
  • Fertility: Partially self-fertile
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer


  • Scab  - Some resistance

Also known as

  • American Mother

References and further reading about this variety

  • Apples of England (1948)
    Author: Taylor
  • Fruit Expert
    Author: Hessayon

Mother identification photos from official fruit collections

UK National Fruit Collection

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UK National Fruit Collection

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

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United Kingdom




  • Hayden in Winslow, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA

New Zealand

  • Jo in Gisborne, EAST COAST

Latest Spring blossom records for this variety

2014 season

  • 20th April  2014  - tree owned by Gil in Snohomish, United States

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Latest harvest records for this variety

2014 season

  • 2nd week September  2014  - tree owned by Gil in Snohomish, United States

Where to buy trees

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

  • Cummins Nursery
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