Greensleeves apple trees

Greensleeves apple tree
  • Pick: Mid-season (mid-September)
  • Flowering group: 2
  • Uses: Eat fresh | Juicing 
  • Disease-resistance: Good
  • Pollination partners
RHS AGM for Greensleeves

Greensleeves is the result of an interesting experiment, crossing the crisp sweet flavours of Golden Delicious with the juicy acidity of the famous Scottish apple variety, James Grieve. The result is a mid-season apple that crops heavily and grows very easily.

The flavour is, as you might expect, simple and straightforward - basically sweet but quite a bit sharper than Golden Delicious. Even so, since Golden Delicious prefers a warmer climate than is found in much of the UK, Greensleeves can be considered as a reasonable substitute.

As with many varieties that have James Grieve in their parentage, Greensleeves is a notably juicy apple, and useful for juicing and cider.

Greensleeves apple trees for sale

Deliveries start December 2018.

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity
Medium  (2.2m - 3m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - M26 rootstock 23.90 Sold outalert me
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 Greensleeves

Growing

  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners?
  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Fertility: Partially self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 2?
  • Pollinating others: Good?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Average growth?
  • Precocity: Precocious?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer?
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening?
  • Attractive blossom
  • Attractive fruit
  • Overall disease resistance: Good?
  • Organic / no-spray culture?

Uses

  • Picking season: Mid?
  • Use / keeping: 1 week?
  • Flavour quality: Average?
  • Flavour style: Sweet/Sharp
  • Good for eating fresh
  • Good for juice
  • Drying / Discoloring: Oxidising?

Identification

  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999
  • Fruit colour: Green
  • Blossom colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • RHS AGM: RHS AGM
  • Popularity: Best sellers?

Climate

  • Frost resistance: Good resistance?
  • Temperate climates
  • Planting position: Full sun preferred

Pollination guide for Greensleeves

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

How to grow Greensleeves apple trees

Greensleeves is one of the easiest apple varieties to grow, and is partially self-fertile, and this probably accounts for its steady popularity amongst gardeners.

Greensleeves is also a very good pollinator for other apple varieties because its blossom is unusually long-lasting (a quality it inherits from both Golden Delicious and James Grieve, which are both good pollinators).

Historical details

A cross between Golden Delicious and James Grieve, developed at the famous East Malling Research Station in Kent, UK, in the 1960s.

Botanical name

Malus domestica 'Greensleeves'