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Malus James Grieve

James Grieve Apple

Estimated fully grown height 3-7m

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Malus James Grieve is an old and traditional variety of apple that was produced in Scotland by its namesake, James Grieve, around the turn of the 20th Century.  It is thought to be a cross of the much loved Malus Cox’s Orange Pippin or Pott’s Seedling.

This lovely tree produces pale pink flowers around April time, followed by bright green foliage which is then the main point of interest until the fruit begins to develop towards the end of the summer.  The fruit is borne in abundance, medium sized and blushed bright red and yellow.

The fruit is a little acidic at first, mellowing to be more juicy and tasty throughout September.  As such, it is most useful as a stewed apple when picked early and can be used as a dessert apple into September when the flesh becomes tastier.  This apple was once very popular throughout Europe, however it is easily bruised upon transport and therefore has not survived the transition to long distant haulage and supermarket demands; that said it is a tremendously tasty apple that is great for gardens or selling direct to consumers from orchards.

Malus James Grieve is partially self-fertile; meaning  a pollination partner is beneficial; this can be another eating or dessert apple or ornamental Crab Apple.

This edible Apple prefers to be planted on a moist free draining soil, and whilst it is not difficult to grow it is not so tolerant of heavy clay as other Malus varieties.  For best results with fruiting, plant in full sun or no more than partial shade.

If you live in an area prone to rabbits or deer then we recommend rabbit guards for these trees.

Mature Height: 3-7m

Tree Specification

Tree Location
Mature Height
Blossom Colour
Foliage Colour
Looks good in
Fruit & Nut
Soil Type
Well drained, Will tolerate most soil types,
Autumn Colour
Good for waterlogged soil
Pleached Tree
Information flags
Good for bees,

Planting Video

Delivery Guide

Barcham Trees are delivered using a local team of hauliers whom are well versed in transporting trees across the length and breadth of the UK. Our standard delivery is based upon sharing a delivery slot on one of our lorries and is calculated on a county by county basis.

Get a quote for delivery for your county here.

Free delivery is granted on the following order levels:
England, orders over £2,750
Wales, orders over £3,750
Scotland, orders over £4,750

Once you have completed your order online we will phone you to schedule in your delivery. On many occasions we are able to link in your order quickly but please allow up to 15 working days from the time of order to delivery as the worst case scenario.

Please note that all of our deliveries are made on Heavy Goods Vehicles, with our smallest available lorry generally being a 10 tonne vehicle. Deliveries are made to kerbside, or nearest reasonable access point and the lorry drivers are unable to move the trees once they are onsite.

For those of you ordering Instant trees, have special requirements or access limitations, please remember that throughout this process we are only a phone call away! Our experienced team of arborists are on hand to offer advice and can be contacted Monday to Friday between 9am - 5:30pm on 01353 720 950.

For further details of our delivery service and conditions, please visit our Delivery Service Advice page.