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Melba apple

Attractive, high quality, yellow washed with crimson fruit. Very white, firm, crisp, sweet flesh. A sweet subacid flavor.

USDA identification images for Melba

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

  • USDA watercolor image of Malus domestica: Melba
  • USDA watercolor image of Malus domestica: Melba

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

Offspring of this variety

Visitor reviews

  • 17 Feb 2015  QUEBEC, Canada
    We had a Melba tree in our garden that toppled over a year ago. Loved the apples for early season eating, wonderful applesauce. We want to replace it.

Tree register

United States

United Kingdom




Spring blossom records for this variety

2014 season

  • April  2014  - tree owned by J in Whitchurch, United Kingdom

2011 season

  • May  2011  - tree owned by v in Lucknow, Canada

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Harvest records for this variety

2011 season

  • 3rd week August  2011  - tree owned by v in Lucknow, Canada
  • 1st week August  2011  - tree owned by David in Cumberland, United States


  • Species: Malus domestica - Apple
  • Parentage: McIntosh x Liveland Raspberry
  • Originates from: Canada
  • Introduced: 1898
  • Developed by: Central Experiment Farm, Ottawa
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1925-021


  • Country of origin: Canada

Where to buy fresh fruit

The following orchards grow Melba:

United States



  • Apples of England (1948)
    Author: Taylor

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