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Alexander apple

An old and attractive culinary apple, cooks to a puree.

USDA identification images for Alexander

The identification paintings in the USDA Pomological Watercolor Collection span the years 1886 to 1942.

  • USDA watercolor image of Malus domestica: Alexander

Citation: U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection. Rare and Special Collections, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD 20705.

Offspring of this variety

Visitor reviews

  • 12 Oct 2012  WA KING, United States
    The tree in our yard in Bothell WA is about 100 yrs old. The core of our house was built in 1906 and we think the tree was planted fairly soon after that. It still produces large delicious apples. We have taken cuttings, grafted them to root stock, and given them as gifts to friends. Missy
  • 30 Jul 2012  ONTARIO, Canada
    Can someone please help me find this apple? I have been searching for a grower for ages. Algoma orchards is large and the owner said his Dad had some at the old house but they are gone now. I would love to plant this heritage apple.
  • 04 May 2012  MICHIGAN, United States
    I grew up with this tree and it lived to be 50+ years old. It kept producing apples until it finally died, and I am happy to have some seedlings from this tree. Great for baking, and just munching on!
  • 11 Mar 2012  ONTARIO, Canada
    My father introduced me to this apple several years ago when he discovered an orchard in Prince Edward Island with Alexanders. I was amazed that I was able to make a pie with only one apple! Excellent for apple crumbles as well. Delicious and holds its shape.
  • 02 Oct 2011  BRITISHCOLUMBIA, Canada
    This variety makes the most wonderfully flavoured pies and crisps!
  • 01 Jan 2010  United Kingdom
    Starter post

Tree register

United States

United Kingdom

  • Salter in Hitchin, HERTFORDSHIRE



New Zealand


  • Ann in Manturovo, KOSTROMA OBLAST

Spring blossom records for this variety

2012 season

  • May  2012  - tree owned by Salter in Hitchin, United Kingdom

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Harvest records for this variety

2013 season

  • 2nd week October  2013  - tree owned by Alison in Albion, United States

2012 season

  • October  2012  - tree owned by Salter in Hitchin, United Kingdom


  • Species: Malus domestica - Apple
  • Parentage: Unknown
  • Originates from: Ukraine
  • Introduced: 18th century
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1999-072
  • 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.


  • Country of origin: Ukraine
  • Flesh colour: White
  • Fruit size: Average
  • Fruit size: Large
  • Fruit shape: Conical
  • Fruit size: Very large


  • Picking season: Mid
  • Keeping (of fruit): 2-3 weeks
  • Flavour quality: Good
  • Flavour quality: Average
  • Flavour style (apples): Sweet/Sharp
  • Food uses: Eating fresh
  • Food uses: Culinary
  • Food uses: Drying


  • Flowering group: 3
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Vigorous
  • Precocity: Precocious
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile

Where to buy fresh fruit

The following orchards grow Alexander:

United States



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