Apple Tree - Annie Elizabeth
Origin: Leicester, c.1857
Apple Taste: Sweet, light, valued stewing apple
Flowering Group : 3
Size : Maiden (1-2 years old, around 100cm)
Vigour : Medium
There are several stories about the origins of Annie Elizabeth. The original tree was grown by one Samuel Greatorex, magistrates clerk of Avenue Road, Knighton St. Mary, Leicester, where it stood until the 1970s. One story names the tree after his baby daughter, who died in 1866. Another says it was after the daughters of the Leicester nursery Harrison's, who started selling it from around 1868. Intriguingly, we were also contacted by a Mr Fisher whose great grandfather had a gardener, William Knight, who claimed he had originally grown it - presumably for Mr Greatorex - and named it after his own daughters.
It's also said to have been grown from a Blenheim Orange pip... who knows.
Anyway, Annie Elizabeth was a big seller in Victorian times, when its ornamental pink blossom (some say purple - really?) and fruit made it a wow in the garden or on the table, or in exhibition. The apples store well and hold their shape when cooked. The trees are hardy, particularly disease free, and a good choice for growing as espaliers.
Supplier : R.V. Roger Ltd.
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The rootstock for all our apple trees is the most vigorous available. Please refer to our size guide for details.
All our apple trees are bare root. At the height of the lifting season there may be up to a month's delay between placing the order and dispatching due to pressure of orders, which are dealt with in date sequence, and the weather. Orders for apple trees taken from March to September are confirmed prior to dispatch from November. Please note there is an overall minimum order size of £50.