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Rome Beauty apple

Rome Beauty is a popular American good cooking apple, which retains its shape when cooked.  It can also be eaten fresh, but the flavor is nothing special - this is an apple for cooking with.

Rome Beauty is of the few heirloom US varieties that is now widely-grown outside the USA - it can be found in many of the warmer apple-growing regions. Unlike most apple varieties, it has a very low chilling requirement which means it can be grown in areas which do not have cold winters.

Although not perhaps the greatest apple when it comes to flavor, Rome Beauty is well-regarded by apple breeders. It is an attractive apple with a good clean appearance, little troubled by disease, and a very reliable and heavy cropper.  These qualities have led to it being incorporated in numerous breeding programs.

Last updated 18 Jan 2013.

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Visitor comments

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28 Feb 2018 
I love Rome apples first bought them when living in Tennessee then moved to Indiana and can't find them in the southern part of the state . They are not a hard apple but not a to soft apple sweet with a little tartness me they are perfect.

16 Nov 2017 
In my opinion, Red Romes are everything a pie apple should be. Unfortunately, they are becoming increasingly hard to find.

01 Sep 2015 
To the person who has a tree with bees and apple worms: The worms are your typical 'apple worm' and is fine to eat around, it's just a pain to cut out the parts they got (actually they won't hurt you if you do eat one, it's just the 'ick' factor). A totally chemical free way to deal with them is to bag the apples as soon as you can. Also time consuming but you should end up with perfect apples, if you use non-transparent bags the apples may fail to color up though.

20 Nov 2014 
I love Rome Beauty apples for eating. The only thng I find is that sometimes they're a little mealy but I thought that might be a nutrient deficiency. I'm in the process of turning my residential yard into a dwarf apple, peach and apricot orchard with blueberries on the side. If anyone knows of a good source for dwarf Rome Beauty, Winter Banana apple trees and other dwarf trees, I'd love to hear about it. Thanks, Glenn

09 Dec 2010 
Does this rome beauty apple have at least some red flesh inside. Many of the rome apples I buy in Los Angeles have much red flesh.

08 Jun 2010 
I love Roman Beauty apples.I think their great to eat when ripe.And great for cooking Apple Pies and other backed apple good's.

09 Sep 2009 
i found apples exactly as you described on a county strip by the railroad tracks. I picked two bushels and was quite disappointed in eating them, but I hear they make good applesauce. I also juiced them to make cider. Real cider takes several weeks, so I can't tell you how it tastes yet but don't worry about the worms. Just slice up the apples to make apple sauce or apple butter and cut out the yucky parts. I have see lots of worm evidence, but no actual worms. :)

18 May 2009 
There is an enormous old apple tree in my backyard with the most beautiful, bright-red apples one could imagine. While attractive, they are surely the worst apples I have ever eaten. Mealy, bland, and infested with little worms- yuck. I'm afraid to even use them for cooking since they seem to be infested. Too bad. There is a honeybee hive in the tree so spraying is not an option.

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An extremely attractive and productive red cooking apple, widely-grown in North America.

Rome Beauty phototape


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Originates from: Ohio, United States
  • Introduced: 1816
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1202
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1943-007
  • 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.
  • We are grateful to Brogdale Farm - home of the UK National Fruit Collection - for providing samples of this variety.


  • Fruit colour: Red
  • Flesh colour: White to Cream, pale yellow
  • Flesh colour: White to Greenish to Greenish Yellow
  • Fruit size: Variable
  • Fruit size: Very large
  • Fruit size: Medium
  • Fruit size: Large
  • Fruit shape: Round
  • Fruit shape: Round-conical
  • Fruit shape: 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): Symmetrical
  • Shape features (vertical view): Tapering toward calyx end or apex
  • Shape uniformity: Uniform, in size and shape
  • Bultitude apple group: 4. Flushed / striped, smooth, dessert / dual-purpose
  • Russet % coverage: Low
  • Russet % coverage: Absent
  • Basin russet: Usually Russet free


  • Uses: Cooking
  • Uses: Drying
  • Cooking result: Keeps shape
  • Flavour quality: Good
  • Flavour style: Sweet/Sharp
  • Flavour style: Aromatic
  • Flavour style: Sharp / refreshing
  • Harvest period: Late season


  • Flowering period: Late season
  • Flowering group: 5
  • Fertility: Self-fertile
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Fruit bearing: Tip-bearer
  • Fruit bearing: Partial tip-bearer


  • Climate suitability: Warm climates
  • Chilling: Low-chill


  • Fireblight  - Very susceptible
  • Cedar apple rust  - Very susceptible

Relationships to other varieties

Offspring of this variety:

Sports (natural genetic mutations) of this variety:

References and further reading about this variety

  • Cedar-Apple Rust  
    Author: Stephen Vann, University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture (FSA7538)
    Rated as highly susceptible - control always needed where CAR is prevalent.

  • Apples of England (1948)
    Author: Taylor

Rome Beauty identification photos from official fruit collections

UK National Fruit Collection

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UK National Fruit Collection

Rome Beauty identification photos from website visitors

Rome Beauty apples in New York state
Rome Beauty apples in New York state

Rome Beauty apples, Brogdale Farm, England
Rome Beauty apples, Brogdale Farm, England

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

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United States


  • Gooooone in Sydney, NSW
  • Hayden in Winslow, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA
  • Neville in Tea Tree Gully, SA
  • Warren in Cobram, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA

New Zealand

Latest Spring blossom records for this variety

2015 season

  • 15th October  2015  - tree owned by Neville in Tea Tree Gully, Australia

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