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Lady Sudeley apple

Lady Sudeley is a large and attractive English early-season apple, which became popular in the late Victorian era and was grown commercially for a period.  The blossom is also attractive and has some frost-resistance.  It remains a common garden apple variety in England.  Unusually for an early variety, the apples can be kept for a week or so in the fridge.

Lady Sudeley identification photos

UK National Fruit Collection
UK National Fruit Collection
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  • Lady Sudeley
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Visitor reviews

  • 02 Nov 2010  Kathryn Marsh,  DUBLIN, Ireland
    For the first time this year we had enough Lady Sudeley for a single variety cider - and very good it is too. Excellent balance for an early variety. We also discovered that the wood is very brittle. Lady Sudeley should not be allowed to overcrop or branches will break - despite heavy thinning in June and July. The tree in question is on M26. In the heritage orchard at Sonairte a Victorian tree on a standard rootstock crops in a more manageable way though a recent graft onto M9 also came close to breaking this year

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Spring blossom records for this variety

2016 season

  • 25th May  2016  - tree owned by m in Limerick, Ireland

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Harvest records for this variety

2016 season

  • 3rd week August  2016  - tree owned by m in Limerick, Ireland

2013 season

  • September  2013  - tree owned by John in Ayr, United Kingdom

2012 season

  • 1st week August  2012  - tree owned by Helmut in Neukirch, Switzerland

2011 season

  • 4th week August  2011  - tree owned by Katherine in Watford, United Kingdom
  • 1st week August  2011  - tree owned by Helmut in Neukirch, Switzerland

2010 season

  • 1st week August  2010  - tree owned by Helmut in Neukirch, Switzerland


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Originates from: Sussex, United Kingdom
  • Introduced: 1849
  • Developed by: Mr Jacob of Petworth
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1563
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1941-029


  • Fruit colour: Red / Green
  • Bultitude apple group: 4. Flushed / striped, smooth, dessert / dual-purpose


  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Flavour quality: Good
  • Flavour style: Sharper
  • Harvest period: Early season
  • Use / keeping: 1 week


  • Cropping: Good
  • Flowering period: Late season
  • Flowering group: 4
  • Fertility: Partially self-fertile
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Average growth
  • Gardening skill: Very easy
  • Attractive features: Attractive blossom
  • General disease resistance: Good
  • Period of origin: 1800 - 1849


  • Blossom frost-resistance: Good resistance

Other qualities

  • Awards: RHS Award of Merit

Where to buy fresh fruit

No orchards have registered as growing this variety. If you grow this and want to register please go to our Orchard Registration form.


  • Apples of England (1948)
    Author: Taylor

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