Scrumptious® Apple trees

  • Best seller
  • Pick: Early-season (late August)
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Self-fertile
  • Uses: Eat fresh 
  • Disease-resistance: Good
  • Pollination partners
RHS AGM for Scrumptious

Scrumptious is an excellent modern English early dessert apple, and has quickly established itself as one of the most successful garden apple varieties of recent times.

The flavour is what sets this apple apart from other early apple varieties, as the apples become genuinely sweet when planted in a sunny position. It's a great example of how growers are once again looking at flavour as the most important characteristic in a good apple. Scrumptious is also one of the most reliable early varieties, and the apples can be picked over a period of a couple of weeks rather than all at once.

If you are looking for a high-quality early-season apple which is productive and easy to grow, this is it!

Scrumptious® is a protected variety.

Scrumptious apple trees for sale

Deliveries every week until the end of February

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity
Medium  (2.2m - 3m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - M26 rootstock 23.90
Large  (2.5m - 3.5m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - M116 rootstock 0.00
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.

Summary features of Scrumptious


  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners?
  • Cropping: Good
  • Fertility: Self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 3?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Average growth?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Growth habit: Weeping
  • Fruit bearing: Partial tip-bearer?
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening?
  • Overall disease resistance: Good?
  • Scab: Very resistant?
  • Bitter pit: Some susceptibility?



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


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

Pollination guide for Scrumptious

Scrumptious is in flowering group 3. Scrumptious is self-fertile and does not need a pollination partner, although fruiting may 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 Scrumptious apple trees

Scrumptious was developed specially for UK gardens by the English apple breeder Hugh Ermen. It is easy to grow and requires little if any routine pruning. It has a naturally weeping form, and the branches may benefit from support if the weight of apples looks too much for them.

Scrumptious is self-fertile apple variety, so no pollination partner is needed, and the blossom also has some resistance to frost.

To get the full red colour make sure you plant in a sunny aspect.

Scrumptious is reasonaly disease-resistant, and is a good choice for areas with mild damp climates, where many apple varieties can struggle.

Historical details

Scrumptious was developed in Kent in by Hugh Ermen and released in 1980. It is related to Golden Delicious and Discovery.

Scrumptious® is a protected variety.

Botanical name

Malus domestica 'Scrumptious'

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