George Cave apple trees

George Cave apple tree
  • Pick: Very early-season
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Uses: Eat fresh 

A very early English apple, with a fairly strong flavour. The fruit is crisp when picked straight from the tree but does not keep.

Deliveries start December 2016.

George Cave apple trees for sale

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity
Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - MM106 rootstock €23.90

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.

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 George Cave


  • Gardening skill: Average?
  • Cropping: Good
  • Fertility: Partially self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 3?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Fruit bearing: Partial tip-bearer?
  • Fruit persistence: Fruit drops when ripe?
  • Organic / no-spray culture?


  • Picking season: Very early?
  • Use / keeping: Does not keep?
  • Flavour quality: Good?
  • Flavour style: Sharper
  • Good for eating fresh
  • Drying / Discoloring: Oxidising?


  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Period of origin: 1900 - 1949
  • Fruit colour: Orange / Red
  • Leaf colour: Green


  • Frost resistance: Good resistance?
  • Temperate climates
  • Mild / damp climates?
  • Planting position: Tolerates partial shade

Pollination guide for George Cave

George Cave is in flowering group 3. George Cave is partially self-fertile, but fruiting will be improved if there is a compatible tree of a different variety nearby. Since it flowers in the middle of the blossom season it can be pollinated by most other apple trees.

How to grow George Cave apple trees

Fairly easy to grow, and a useful choice if you are looking for a very early (early - mid August) apple for your collection.

Historical details

Raised by Mr George Cave, Essex, England in the early 1920s.

Botanical name

Malus domestica 'George Cave'