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Melrose apple trees

Malus domestica
Melrose is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Picking season: Late
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Flowering group: 3

Melrose is a well-regarded American apple, with an attractive red-flushed skin. 

Melrose is very similar to Jonathan, one of the best-flavoured American apples - and one of its parents. The other parent is Red Delicious, and its sweet flavour complements the sharper flavors of Jonathan well. 

The apples store well - they can be kept for 3 months in a fridge, and the flavour is arguably at its best after a month or so of storage.

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Melrose organic apple trees for sale

  • Maidentree on MM111 rootstock23.25€
    Large tree (3m-5m after 10 years) Bare-root
Delivery countries
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • France
  • Germany
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Slovakia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
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Growing and Training

Its Red Delicious parentage ensures Melrose grows vigorously and productively. Melrose has a tendency to over-crop so it is a good idea to thin the fruitlets in late May.


Melrose was developed in the late 1930s at the Ohio Agricultural Experiment Station, Wooster, Ohio, USA.

It is grown commercially on a small scale in the USA and Europe, and a number of sports exist, usually featuring better skin coloration.

Melrose characteristics

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Flowering group3
  • Disease resistanceAverage
  • Picking seasonLate
  • Season of use3 months or more
  • Food usesEating fresh
  • Cold hardiness (USDA)Zone 4 (-34C)
  • Summer average maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)
  • Chill requirementHigh-chill - 1000 hours
  • Country of originUnited States
  • Period of origin1900 - 1949
  • Flesh colourCream
  • Fruit colourRed - dark