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Lawfam apple

Lawfam was developed at the Central Experimental Farm in Ottawa at the end of the 19th century, and released in 1922.

It gets its name from its two parents - Lawver and Fameuse.

Fameuse is the probable parent of the widely-grown McIntosh apple, and Lawfam is very much in the same vein, with its maroon skin, crisp white flesh, and sweet wine-like flavor.

It was quite widely-grown in Canada after the First World War, but it eventually fell out of favor because fruit size tends to be on the small side.

USDA identification images for Lawfam

The identification paintings in the USDA Pomological Watercolor Collection span the years 1886 to 1942.

  • USDA watercolor image of Malus domestica: Lawfam

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

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  • Species: Malus domestica - Apple
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1925-014
  • We are grateful to Brogdale Farm - home of the UK National Fruit Collection - for providing samples of this variety.


  • Country of origin: Canada
  • Period of origin: 1900 - 1949
  • Fruit colour: Crimson
  • Flower colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Annual cycle: Deciduous
  • Flesh colour: White
  • Fruit size: Small


  • Picking season: Late
  • Keeping (of fruit): 1-2 months
  • Flavour quality: Good
  • Flavour style (apples): Sweeter
  • Flavour style (apples): Vinous
  • Juice style: Sweeter
  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Food uses: Eating fresh
  • Food uses: Juice
  • Picking period: early October
  • Wildlife: RHS Plants for Pollinators


  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Pollinating others: Average
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Average vigour
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Sunlight: Prefers full sun


  • Cold hardiness (USDA): Zone 4 (-34C)
  • Climate suitability: Temperate climates
  • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)
  • Summer average maximum temperatures: Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)

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  • Apples of England (1948)
    Author: Taylor

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