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Best apple varieties for beginners

Our top apple varieties if you are new to growing apple trees. These are reliable productive apple trees which are easy to grow.


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    Antonovka 1.5 pound

    Antonovka 1.5 pound apple trees
    Known by many different names, this is a sport variation of Antonovka, noted for its very large apples.
    • Picking season: Early
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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    Argiliere

    Argiliere apple trees
    A mid-season dessert apple from the north of France.
    • Picking season: Mid
    • Flowering group: 4
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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    Ascahire

    Ascahire apple trees
    A large reliable cooking apple from northern France which is particularly good for juicing.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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    Baguette Violette

    Baguette Violette apple trees
    Baguette Violette is a traditional French late-season dessert apple.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Flowering group: 4
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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    Belle Fleur Simple

    Belle Fleur Simple apple trees
    A traditional late-season dessert apple with a sweet flavour, and good keeping qualities.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Flowering group: 5
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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    Cabarette

    Cabarette apple trees
    A traditional very-late season dessert apple, found in northern France, Belgium and the Netherlands.
    • Picking season: Very late
    • Flowering group: 4
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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    Colapuy

    Colapuy apple trees
    A traditional late-season dessert apple from France with a good sweet / sharp balance.
    • Picking season: Very late
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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    Discovery

    Discovery apple trees
    Discovery is a popular early-season English apple variety, with a juicy sharp flavour.
    • Picking season: Early
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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    Honeycrisp

    Honeycrisp apple trees
    Honeycrisp is a very popular modern American cold-hardy disease-resistant apple, known for its crisp sweet flavour.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Flowering group: 4
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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    Idared

    Idared apple trees
    Idared is a late-season American apple variety, notable for its excellent keeping qualities.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Flowering group: 2
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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    Kidd's Orange Red

    Kidd's Orange Red apple trees
    Kidd's Orange Red is one of the best Cox-style apples, aromatic, sweet, and easy to grow.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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    Monty's Surprise

    A recent New Zealand apple variety which is noted for very high levels of anti-oxidant compounds.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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    Peasgood's Nonsuch

    Peasgood's Nonsuch apple trees
    Peasgood Nonsuch is a highly-regarded old-fashioned English cooking apple.
    • Picking season: Mid
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Self-fertility: Partially self-fertile
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    Precoce de Wirwignes

    Precoce de Wirwignes apple trees
    A traditional and heavy-cropping early-season apple variety from Belgium.
    • Picking season: Early
    • Flowering group: 2
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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    Red Devil

    Red Devil apple trees
    Red Devil is a versatile English eating apple, and produces a sweet red-tinted juice.
    • Picking season: Mid
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
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    Red Windsor®

    Red Windsor apple trees
    Red Windsor is one of the easiest to grow of all dessert apple trees, and with a pleasant apple flavour.
    • Picking season: Mid
    • Flowering group: 2
    • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
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    Reinette Rouge Etoilee

    Reinette Rouge Etoilee apple trees
    A popular traditional eating apple from the Low Countries.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Flowering group: 4
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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    Roberts Crab

    Roberts Crab apple trees
    Roberts Red or Roberts Crab is an unusual red-fleshed crab-apple, with dark pink blossom, and purple fruits.
    • Picking season: Mid
    • Flowering group: 2
    • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
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    Saint Edmund's Russet

    Saint Edmund's Russet apple trees
    Saint Edmund's Russet is considered one of the best English russet apples.
    • Picking season: Mid
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Self-fertility: Partially self-fertile
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    Spartan

    Spartan apple trees
    Spartan is a McIntosh style apple, easy to grow, crunchy, with a sweet delicate wine-like flavour.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Self-fertility: Partially self-fertile
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    White Transparent

    White Transparent apple trees
    A traditional early-season dual-purpose apple, which is also very winter-hardy.
    • Picking season: Very early
    • Flowering group: 2
    • Self-fertility: Partially self-fertile