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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.

USDA identification images for Lady Sudeley

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.

    Visitor reviews

    • 02 Nov 2010  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

    Tree register

    United Kingdom


    New Zealand

    • Giles in HAMILTON, WAIKATO


    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 - Apple
    • Originates from: Sussex, United Kingdom
    • Introduced: 1849
    • Developed by: Mr Jacob of Petworth
    • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1941-029


    • Country of origin: United Kingdom
    • Period of origin: 1800 - 1849
    • Fruit colour: Red / Green
    • Awards: RHS AM


    • Picking season: Early
    • Keeping (of fruit): 1 week
    • Flavour quality: Good
    • Flavour style (apples): Sharper
    • Cropping: Good
    • Food uses: Eating fresh


    • Gardening skill: Beginner
    • Flowering group: 4
    • Ploidy: Diploid
    • Vigour: Average vigour
    • Attractive features: Attractive flowers
    • Self-fertility: Partially self-fertile


    • Frost resistance of blossom: Good resistance

    Other qualities

    • Disease resistance: Good

    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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