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Rosette® apple


Named for the rosette-like pattern of the pink flesh when the apple is cut in half.

Rosette apple identification images

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USDA identification images for Rosette

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

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


    This variety is a sport (natural genetic mutation) of: Discovery

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    Visitor reviews

    • 16 Aug 2022 
      1st time I've eaten a Rosette apple (from Sainsburys). I totally agree with the previous comment on taste; delicious & unusual. Any comments on growing it? We are 650ft high in the North Cotswolds, reasonably sheltered.
    • 30 Jul 2020  WALES, United Kingdom
      This apple is exceptional! Aromatic, complex, and curiously red in the middle. If you don't have one in your orchard, you're missing out.
    • 01 Oct 2018  KENT, United Kingdom
      I agree with the previous reviewer - this is extremely underrated. It’s incredibly sweet. One of the nicest apples I’ve tasted plus it looks so amazing when cut up;)
    • 07 Sep 2013  FLEET, United Kingdom
      This is a fun fruit. Very juicy and tasty. I disagree with the diacritics of 'average' taste. This is one of the sweetest apples I've tasted. They are great for juicing, but also just to enjoy in their own or making in a jam or bread and I've also used them with duck! It's a lovely versatile little apple which I think needs more publicity! Go on get a tree!

    Tree register

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    United Kingdom



    Spring blossom records for this variety

    2019 season

    • 1st May  2019  - tree owned by David in Liverpool, United Kingdom

    2013 season

    • 1st June  2013  - tree owned by Mark in Chippenham, United Kingdom
    • 15th May  2013  - tree owned by Richard in York, United Kingdom

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    Harvest records for this variety

    2019 season

    • 1st week August  2019  - tree owned by David in Liverpool, United Kingdom


    • Species: Malus domestica - Apple
    • Originates from: United Kingdom
    • Introduced: 2011
    • Developed by: Frank P Matthews nursery


    • Country of origin: United Kingdom
    • Period of origin: 2000
    • Flower colour: White
    • Flower colour: Pink - light
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Popularity: Under-rated
    • Annual cycle: Deciduous
    • Flesh colour: Pink / Red


    • Picking season: Early
    • Keeping (of fruit): 1 week
    • Flavour quality: Good
    • Flavour style (apples): Sweet/Sharp
    • Discoloration of fruit: Slightly oxidising (browns slowly)
    • Cropping: Heavy
    • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening
    • Food uses: Eating fresh
    • Food uses: Juice Produces a superb pink-coloured sweet/sharp juice
    • Juice colour: Pale red
    • Picking period: mid-August
    • Wildlife: RHS Plants for Pollinators


    • Gardening skill: Beginner
    • Flowering group: 2
    • Pollinating others: Average
    • Ploidy: Diploid
    • Vigour: Average vigour
    • Precocity: Precocious
    • Bearing regularity: Regular
    • Fruit bearing: Partial tip-bearer
    • Attractive features: Attractive fruit
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile


    • Frost resistance of blossom: Good resistance
    • Climate suitability: Temperate climates
    • Climate suitability: Mild damp climates
    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)
    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)
    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Hot (>30C / 86F)
    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cold (< 20C / 67F)

    Other qualities

    • Disease resistance: Good
    • Canker: Some resistance
    • Scab (Apple and Pear): Some resistance
    • Powdery mildew: Some resistance
    • Brown rot: Some resistance

    Where to buy trees

    The following tree nurseries offer Rosette apple trees for sale:

    Where to buy fresh fruit

    No orchards have registered as growing this variety. If you grow this and want to register please go to our Orchard Registration form.

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