Lady is an old French variety, which remains popular in Europe and North America. The fruits are small but with a good aromatic flavor.
Lady Apple is also widely known (particularly in Europe) as Api, after the Forest of Api in Bretagne in western France where it is thought to have been discovered. Some believe this is the same variety as an apple known in Roman times as Appia, but modern authorities question this. However it is certainly a very old variety.
Throughout its history this variety has been used for decoration and adornment. It was popularly used by ladies to mask unpleasant odours.
Lady Apple apple identification images
All images copyright Orange Pippin unless otherwise stated.
USDA identification images for Lady Apple
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.
- 23 Nov 2023 Margaret HuberWe had an old apple tree tested to see what variety it was and it came back as a McIntosh, parents not discoverable, but grandparent was a Lady or Api. Your photo of the Lady (Api)looks exactly like our apples. And they are small and sweet and when ripe make excellent apple sauce that is pink and no sugar needed.
- 19 Sep 2018 Cathy SzramkaNY, United StatesWe have several old apple trees on our property we purchased and noticed this apple fragrant small almost white with red swipes best apple i have ever eaten must save this old beauty
- 05 Oct 2016 Dave LiezenWASHINGTON, United StatesBought a bag full of these last year - second time in my life - and kept 'em until Christmas. Imagine my surprise to find almond dominating the aroma! Still hard, juicy and...not enough of them. Got to get this growing nearer to home!
- 12 Nov 2015 Carter WilkieMASSACHUSETTS, United StatesLip smacking candy sweetness in every tiny crunchy bite. Like Pixie Crunch, these small apples will be a hit in lunchboxes for young school children.
- 31 Jan 2014 JayCO, United StatesFreshly picked or fresh out of the box, these apples are amazing. They have a candy-like sweetness that tastes almost floral at times. Great fresh eating apple. The flesh will go soft fairly fast (especially if purchased after they have been shipped all the way from Washington), so eat them quickly! One of my favorite apples I can find in natural foods stores here in CO.
- 30 Mar 2012 Bill SnotherlyNORTH CAROLINA, United StatesTiny Lady apple are indeed juicy and sweet flavored apple. However, as noted in some apple catalogs, the peel has more flavor than the apple. Lady apples do well on dwarf stock for container orchardists.
- 23 Oct 2011 MattWISCONSIN, United StatesThese tiny apples have a great chewy bite and are loaded with juice and sweet flavor. A truly great little snack!
- 18 Oct 2011 Steve DixonCARDIFF, United StatesA work colleague picked this variety up from a friend's house in Monmouth and he was amazed by the flavour!
- firstname.lastname@example.org in Westmoreland, NEW HAMPSHIRE
- Brian Van Erem in Green Bay, WI
- Catherine Simmons in Centralia, MO
- Chris Thomas in Federal Way, WASHINGTON
- Cynthia Katsarelis in Arvada, CO
- Dan Spratlen in Camano Island, WASHINGTON / USA
- James Dierberger in Hebron, CT
- Jerry in WARWICK, NY /ORANGE COUNTY
- Nathan Parker in Mount Shasta, CA
- Ronald Wolfe in Monticello, ILLINOIS
- Tenzicut in Canby, OREGON
- The Kirk Family in Molalla, OR
- Thomas Griffith in Cottage Grove, WI
- Mrs Cherry Steel in Bingley, WEST YORKSHIRE
- Vibul Chauhan in Shimla, HIMACHAL PRADESH
Spring blossom records for this variety
- 15th May 2016 - tree owned by Brian in Green Bay, United States
- 10th May 2015 - tree owned by Brian in Green Bay, United States
- May 2013 - tree owned by Mrs Che in Bingley, United Kingdom
- April 2012 - tree owned by Mrs Che in Bingley, United Kingdom
- 23rd April 2011 - tree owned by Mrs Che in Bingley, United Kingdom
Harvest records for this variety
- 4th week October 2012 - tree owned by Dan in Camano Island, United States
- Species: Malus domestica - Apple
- Originates from: Bretagne, France
- Introduced: 1628
- UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1982-288
- Country of origin: France
- Period of origin: 1600 - 1649
- Fruit colour: Orange / Red
- Flower colour: White
- Leaf colour: Green
- Popularity: Rarely grown
- Annual cycle: Deciduous
- Picking season: Late
- Keeping (of fruit): 1-2 months
- Flavour quality: Very good
- Flavour style (apples): Aromatic
- Cropping: Heavy
- Fruit persistence: Persistent
- Food uses: Eating fresh
- Food uses: Juice
- Food uses: Hard cider
- Picking period: early October
- Wildlife: RHS Plants for Pollinators
- Gardening skill: Average
- Flowering group: 3
- Pollinating others: Average
- Ploidy: Diploid
- Vigour: Slightly small
- Precocity: Slow to start bearing
- Bearing regularity: Biennial tendency
- Growth habit: Upright
- Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
- Attractive features: Attractive fruit
- Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
- Climate suitability: Temperate climates
- Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)
- Summer average maximum temperatures: Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)
- Disease resistance: Average
- Scab (Apple and Pear): Some susceptibility
Where to buy trees
The following tree nurseries offer Lady Apple apple trees for sale:
- Orange Pippin Fruit Trees (USA) United States
Lady apple trees
Where to buy fresh fruit
The following orchards grow Lady Apple:
- Seek No Further Orchard, Hebron
- McDougal Orchards, Springvale
- Alyson's Apple Orchard, Walpole
- Delicious Orchards, Colts Neck
- Door Creek Orchard, Cottage Grove
- O'Keefe Grange, Dobbinton