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Crawley Beauty apple


Primarily a culinary variety, cooks to a puree with a delicate apple flavour - but can be eaten fresh after storing. Good disease resistance and tolerates a wide range of soil types.


Crawley Beauty identification photos from official fruit collections

UK National Fruit Collection

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Visitor reviews

  • 14 Jan 2015  jonewer,  SURREY, United Kingdom
    Agree with the comment from N.Buck - the flavour of this apple is unremarkable. Its an OK cooker and a not terribly good eater, though on the plus side, the fruit is quite beautiful and free of blemishes. Also with regards to the self-fertility - I have nothing growing nearby that flowers at even close to the same time as Crawley Beauty, yet its produced a crop for the last two years with no problems
  • 25 Jul 2010  N. Buck,  CAMBRIDGESHIRE, United Kingdom
    Fruit flavour is average, but nothing special - many other cookers will produce more flavoursome dishes, while the fruits need quite a lot of "mellowing" in storage to be satisfactory eaters (but still nothing special). Another problem with Crawley Beauty, is finding a suitable very-late-flowering pollination partner. I grow Court Pendu Plat nearby, as pollinator, but their flowering times don't always coincide perfectly, due to seasonal variation. Pollination doesn't usually seem to be a problem though. There seems to be controversy over whether Crawley Beauty is self-fertile or self-sterile. From my experiences of this variety, I'd guess that it's probably partially-self-fertile, with the huge quantities of blossom that this variety produces helping contribute towards an adequate crop in most seasons. But despite the drawbacks, Crawley Beauty has some very good points that makes it a "must-have" among my apple trees....... Crawley Beauty's main benefits are for those who want a regular crop of clean and healthy fruit, from a healthy and relatively compact tree that will grow almost anywhere without much attention. Crawley Beauty has good natural resistance to the major apple diseases, meaning that spraying is unlikely to be necessary in most locations, most seasons. It is also not particularly troubled by pest damage. In summary - easy to grow, but nothing special in terms of flavour.

Tree register

United Kingdom

Spring blossom records for this variety

2012 season

  • May  2012  - tree owned by Graham in Coldstream, United Kingdom

2011 season

  • 26th April  2011  - tree owned by Rachel in Downham Market, United Kingdom

2010 season

  • 21st May  2010  - tree owned by N. in Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 18th May  2010  - tree owned by N. in Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 16th May  2010  - tree owned by Rachel in Downham Market, United Kingdom

2009 season

  • 9th May  2009  - tree owned by N. in Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 4th May  2009  - tree owned by N. in Cambridge, United Kingdom

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Harvest records for this variety

2012 season

  • 2nd week October  2012  - tree owned by John in Haywards Heath, United Kingdom
  • 1st week October  2012  - tree owned by Andrew in Eastleigh, United Kingdom
  • October  2012  - tree owned by Graham in Coldstream, United Kingdom

2011 season

  • 4th week September  2011  - tree owned by Andrew in Eastleigh, United Kingdom
  • 1st week September  2011  - tree owned by Tom in Sheffield, United Kingdom

2010 season

  • 3rd week September  2010  - tree owned by Andrew in Eastleigh, United Kingdom

2009 season

  • 3rd week October  2009  - tree owned by Rachel in Downham Market, United Kingdom
  • October  2009  - tree owned by N. in Cambridge, United Kingdom

Origins

  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Unknown
  • Originates from: Crawley, Sussex, England, United Kingdom
  • Introduced: 1870
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1548
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1973-170
  • 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.

Identification

  • Fruit colour: Red / Orange flush
  • Bultitude apple group: 3. Flushed / striped, smooth, acidic, culinary

Using

  • Uses: Cooking
  • Cooking result: Puree
  • Flavour quality: Good
  • Flavour style: Sharper
  • Harvest period: Late season
  • Use / keeping: 1-2 months

Growing

  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Flowering period: Very-Late season
  • Flowering group: 6
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Slightly small
  • Gardening skill: Very easy

Climate

  • Blossom frost-resistance: Good resistance

Diseases

  • Canker  - Some resistance
  • Scab  - Some resistance


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References

  • Apples of England (1948)
    Author: Taylor


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