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Lady Williams apple


Lady Williams is an attractive red flushed apple, with a good balanced sweet/sharp flavor.  Its main characteristics are its very late ripening period and exceptional keeping qualities.

It was discovered in Western Austrialia in the 1930s and is very well suited to growing in warm climates.  Lady Williams ripens extremely late - Kevin Hauser, the southern Californian apple enthusiast, reports picking Lady Williams at the start of February.  For this reason it is unlikely to ripen in cooler climates.

The parentage is uncertain.  The area of origin, shape, and excellent keeping qualities suggest Granny Smith but Jonathan has also been proposed.  We are more inclined to agree with the Jonathan theory, because Jonathan has a track record of lending red/pink hues to its offspring.

Notwithstanding its good qualities it remains largely unknown outside Western Australia.  Its main claim to fame is that it is one of the parents of a very famous modern apple - Cripps Pink, better known as Pink Lady®.



Lady Williams identification photos

UK National Fruit Collection
UK National Fruit Collection
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  • Lady Williams blossom - at the UK National Fruit Collection
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Origins

  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Possibly Granny Smith and Jonathan seedling
  • Originates from: Donnybrook, Australia
  • Introduced: 1935
  • Developed by: Mr Williams
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1997
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1978-136
  • Some historical details taken with kind permission from 'The New Book of Apples' by Joan Morgan and Alison Richards , illustrated by Elisabeth Dowle, published by Ebury Press, 2002.

Using

  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Flavour quality: Good
  • Flavour style: Sweet/Sharp
  • Harvest period: Very-Late season
  • Use / keeping: 3 months or more

Growing

  • Flowering period: Early-Mid season
  • Flowering group: 2
  • Period of origin: 1900 - 1949

Parents and other ancestors of this variety


Offspring of this variety


See also:

  • Jonathan - Jonathan has been suggested as a possible parent of Lady Williams.

Diseases

  • Scab  - Some susceptibility
  • Mildew  - Some susceptibility
  • Fireblight  - Some susceptibility

Pests

  • Woolly aphid  - Some susceptibility


Where to buy fresh fruit

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