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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.

Lawfam identification images

USDA identification images for Lawfam

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

  • Year: 1930

Citation: U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection. Rare and Special Collections, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD 20705.

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  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Lawver x Fameuse
  • Developed by: Central Experimental Farm (CEF), Ottawa


  • Picking season: Late
  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Keeping (of fruit): 1-2 months
  • Flavor style (apples): Sweeter
  • Flavor style (apples): Vinous
  • Food uses: Eating fresh
  • Food uses: Juice
  • Juice style: Sweeter


  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Ploidy: Diploid


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


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

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  • Apples of England (1948)
    Author: Taylor

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