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Elton Beauty apple

Elton Beauty is a sharp, very juicy, mid-September apple.  If that sounds rather like James Grieve, it should do - Elton Beauty is a cross between James Grieve and Worcester Pearmain.  Elton Beauty also has the shape and solidity of James Grieve, as well as the soft glistening flesh, but the intense red/crimson colour is from Worcester Pearmain.

Unusually, Elton Beauty has siblings.  Katy, a popular early garden and commercial variety from Sweden comes from the same James Grieve and Worcester Pearmain parentage, and it is a fascinating experience to try the two side by side.  (This is not easy to achieve, Elton Beauty is comparatively rare,  but Katy is often available from farmers' markets in early September).  Lord Lambourne also shares the same parents.

USDA identification images for Elton Beauty

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

    Siblings of this variety (same parentage)

    Visitor reviews

    • 04 Aug 2014  DERBYSHIRE, United Kingdom
      I should have said, I realise this is an old posting, but if you can upload a photograph of the flesh and apple skin to a site you can post the link to on here, I can see if I can get it identified by an expert I know who specialises in red fleshed apples.
    • 04 Aug 2014  DERBYSHIRE, United Kingdom
      Chris, our Elton Beauty has a very pale green flesh, no sign of pink.
    • 31 Jul 2009  WEM, SHROPSHIRE, United Kingdom
      We have a tree that I believe to be Elton Beauty. Is the flesh of the EB shot through pink when ripe?

    Tree register

    United Kingdom


    • Species: Malus domestica - Apple
    • Parentage: James Grieve and Worcester Pearmain
    • Originates from: England, United Kingdom
    • Introduced: 1950s
    • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1963-108


    • Country of origin: United Kingdom


    • Flowering group: 2
    • Ploidy: Diploid
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile

    Where to buy trees

    The following tree nurseries offer Elton Beauty apple trees for sale:

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    Where to buy fresh fruit

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