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Greensleeves Apple

Greensleeves Apple

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History: Greensleeves was bred as a cross between James Grieve and Golden Delicious by Dr. Frank Alston at the East Malling Research Station in the UK in 1966. In 1981 it received the Royal Horticulture Society Award of Merit and was released the year later.

Why We Grow It: These round, golden apples have a nice sweet/tart flavour that mellows out with maturity. They are great for making juice or cider as well as fresh eating. The tree has low vigour so it naturally stays more compact, a useful feature if you don't have a lot of space.

Canadian Hardiness Zone: 4

Soil Preference: Sandy loam, loam, clay loam. Prefers average to moist conditions, avoid planting anywhere that floods for more than two weeks in the spring. Generally quite adaptable to different soil conditions. 

Growth Habits and Disease Resistance: Precocious but weakly vigorous, produces heavy crops, partially tip-bearing. Very susceptible to cedar rust but resistant to scab.

Sun/Shade: Full sun (approx. 8-10 hours of sun daily)

Pollination: Partially self-pollinating, this variety will produce some fruit without an apple tree of a different variety but will produce more and better fruit if one is present

Flowering Time: Early, blooms for a long time and flowers tolerant of late frosts

Ripens: Mid September but can stay on the tree until October

Storage: Keeps until October when stored in cool, humid conditions

Recommended Use: Fresh eating, juice, cider

Cider Properties:
  • Class: Sharp
  • Acidity: Medium, TA >4.5 g/L
  • Tannins: Low to medium, <2 g/L

Size including roots:

  • 1m+ Whip: 100-200cm
  • 1m+ Branched: 100cm+ with at least three branches 30cm+
  • 50-80cm Whip: 50-80cm
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