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Edward VII apple

Edward VII

Edward VII is a fairly typical English cooking apple, although it was developed in the early 20th century, making it more recent than most traditional English cookers.

Edward VII has remained popular because it is an excellent apple tree for the garden.  It is notably hardy and problem free, and has natural resistance to most of the mainstream apple diseases and problems.  It flowers quite late in the spring, which can make pollination a challenge, but on the other hand this means it is rarely caught out by late spring frosts.   As a bonus, the blossom is attractive too.

The parentage is not known for sure but is probably Golden Noble and Blenheim Orange.  Visually Edward VII resembles Golden Noble most closely.

Edward VII apple identification images

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USDA identification images for Edward VII

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

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

    Parents and other ancestors of this variety

    Visitor reviews

    • 15 Aug 2018  BANFFSHIRE, United Kingdom
      I have a forty year old tree which gives a good yield almost every year and it is loaded this year. In spite of our efforts it has fallen over to one side but this makes it very easy to pick. I think it better than Bramley, the only one I know as good or better is Catshead. Being a late flowered is useful in the north but in a poor season the apples are not very large. This year they are huge!

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    Spring blossom records for this variety

    2017 season

    • April  2017  - tree owned by Anita in Lewes, United Kingdom

    2010 season

    • 16th May  2010  - tree owned by N. in Cambridge, United Kingdom
    • 16th May  2010  - tree owned by N. in Cambridge, United Kingdom
    • 10th May  2010  - tree owned by Stuart in Newbury, United Kingdom

    2009 season

    • 8th May  2009  - tree owned by N. in Cambridge, United Kingdom
    • 3rd May  2009  - tree owned by N. in Cambridge, United Kingdom

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    Harvest records for this variety

    2017 season

    • 2nd week September  2017  - tree owned by Anita in Lewes, United Kingdom

    2016 season

    • September  2016  - tree owned by Elaine in Mold, United Kingdom

    2009 season

    • October  2009  - tree owned by N. in Cambridge, United Kingdom
    • 2nd week September  2009  - tree owned by Paul in West Bridgford, United Kingdom


    • Species: Malus domestica - Apple
    • Parentage: Possibly Golden Noble x Blenheim Orange
    • Originates from: United Kingdom
    • Introduced: 1908
    • Developed by: Barbourne Nurseries
    • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1921-015


    • Awards: RHS AGM (current)
    • Annual cycle: Deciduous


    • Picking season: Late
    • Keeping (of fruit): 3 months or more
    • Flavour quality: Very good
    • Flavour style (apples): Sharper
    • Cooking result: Puree
    • Discoloration of fruit: No discoloration (Good for drying)
    • Vitamin C content: Low
    • Cropping: Good
    • Food uses: Culinary
    • Food uses: Traditional cooker
    • Picking period: mid-October
    • Wildlife: RHS Plants for Pollinators


    • Gardening skill: Beginner
    • Flowering group: 6
    • Pollinating others: Average
    • Ploidy: Diploid
    • Vigour: Average vigour
    • Precocity: Precocious
    • Bearing regularity: Regular
    • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
    • Organic culture: Suitable
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile


    • Frost resistance of blossom: Good resistance
    • Climate suitability: Temperate climates
    • Climate suitability: Mild damp climates
    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)
    • Cold hardiness (RHS): H6 (to -20C)
    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cold (< 20C / 67F)

    Other qualities

    • Disease resistance: Good
    • Scab (Apple and Pear): Very resistant
    • Brown rot: Some resistance

    Where to buy trees

    The following tree nurseries offer Edward VII apple trees for sale:

    • Keepers Nursery
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    Where to buy fresh fruit

    The following orchards grow Edward VII:



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

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