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Merton Prolific apple

Merton Prolific is one of the early results of research at the John Innes Institute, based in Merton, South London.  It is based on the premise of crossing an excellent dessert apple - Cox's Orange Pippin - with a tried and tested cooker - Northern Greening.  The result is not entirely successful, as the Northern Greening tends to dominate the mix - but this does mean that Merton Prolific is as its name suggests, a good cropper and it also keeps very well.  The flavour can best be described as strong apple-like - which is no bad thing.

Merton Prolific identification photos

UK National Fruit Collection
UK National Fruit Collection
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  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Northern Greening and Cox's Orange Pippin
  • Originates from: London, England, United Kingdom
  • Introduced: 1914
  • Developed by: Morley Benjamin Crane, John Innes Institute, Merton
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1555
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1973-139


  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Uses: Juice
  • Flavour quality: Average
  • Flavour style: Sharper
  • Harvest period: Late season
  • Use / keeping: 3 months or more


  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Average growth
  • Gardening skill: Very easy
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
  • General disease resistance: Good
  • Period of origin: 1900 - 1949

Other qualities

  • Awards: RHS Award of Merit

Parents and other ancestors of this variety

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