Devonshire Quarrenden apple trees

Devonshire Quarrenden apple tree
  • Pick: Very early-season
  • Flowering group: 2
  • Uses: Eat fresh | Juicing 
  • Disease-resistance: Good

Devonshire Quarrenden is a historically important English summer apple. It was first recorded in the 1690s and by Victorian times was widely grown throughout the UK. Victorian author Robert Hogg says he had "observed it in perfect health ... from Devonshire to the Moray Firth".

It has a distinctive (albeit sometimes elusive) strawberry-like flavour, and the skin can also bleed into the crisp sweet flesh, to give a red-tinged flesh and juice. These characteristics, along with its robust good health, are also apparent in its popular offspring Worcester Pearmain and Discovery.

As with all early summer apples, timing is everything - the fruit can go from under-ripe to over-ripe quite quickly. Fortunately it is a very good juicing apple, and this is an excellent way to deal with a surplus.

Deliveries start November 2015.

Devonshire Quarrenden apple trees for sale

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity
Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - MM106 rootstock €25.90
Full size  (5m+ after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - M25 rootstock €25.90

Delivery period: Trees are delivered between November and March. However it is best to order as soon as you can to ensure items are reserved for you. If you live in an area with very cold winters please let us know so that we can scheduled delivery for early spring.

*Mature size: Height shown is the approximate height of the tree when mature (after 5-10 years), not the height when supplied. Actual mature heights may vary considerably dependent on your local conditions and training and pruning regime - see our Tree Height Calculator.

Stock availability: Items showing as 'sold out' will probably be available again next season. Click here to be notified when we get more trees of this variety.

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Summary features of Devonshire Quarrenden


  • Gardening skill: Average?
  • Cropping: Good
  • Fertility: Partially self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 2?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Slightly small?
  • Bearing regularity: Biennial tendency?
  • Growth habit: Spreading
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer?
  • Overall disease resistance: Good?
  • Organic / no-spray culture?
  • Scab: Very resistant?



  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Period of origin: 1650 - 1699
  • Fruit colour: Red / Green
  • Blossom colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Popularity: Rarely grown?


  • Frost resistance: Susceptible?
  • Temperate climates
  • Tolerates cold winters
  • Mild / damp climates?

Pollination guide for Devonshire Quarrenden

Devonshire Quarrenden is in flowering group 2. Devonshire Quarrenden is partially self-fertile, but fruiting will be improved if there is a compatible tree of a different variety nearby.

How to grow Devonshire Quarrenden apple trees

Don't let the name mislead you into thinking it can only be grown in the south-west of the UK, because Devonshire Quarrenden can be grown successfully throughout the UK. Indeed it is a wise choice for anyone wanting an early summer apple in less than ideal conditions.

The main issue to contend with is its tendency to lapse into biennial bearing as it gets older. If you suspect this is happening, be sure to thin the fruitlets in early June in the "on" year.

Historical details

There are records of Devonshire Quarrenden going back to the late 17th century - the Victorian pomologist Robert Hogg mentions a reference to it in the "Compleat Planter and Cyderist" of 1690. However its origins are unknown, although it may have come from France earlier in the 17th century.

Botanical name

Malus domestica 'Devonshire Quarrenden'