Apple James Grieve is a fantastic dual purpose apple. The apples are juicy and tangy picked straight from the tree in early September and if left on the tree into October become a sweeter fruit. The good flavour of Apple James Grieve and the attractive red flushed skin makes this a popular variety. The flesh is not crisp but instead eats more like a firm pear. James Grieve apple trees are from Edinburgh in 1893 and so is ideal for Northern areas or less favourable sites.
Pollinatation with an apple in group A, B or C within a half mile radius is required. In addition to our regular rootstocks, we offer this popular dual purpose apple tree on a very-dwarf rootstock and also as a mature tree.
AKA Malus domestica 'James Grieve'
*Indication of the un-pruned height of this variety of apple tree on different rootstocks in 10 years. Variations will occur due to geography, pruning etc.
James Grieve is a pollination group B apple tree and requires a pollination partner in group A, B or C within a half mile radius. Apple trees should be spaced according to their rootstock, for example an MM106 (semi-vigorous) rootstock will require approx. 4.5 metres between trees, whereas an M27 (very dwarf) rootstock will require approx. 1.5 metres between trees.
Our pot grown dual-purpose apple trees can be planted at any time of year, but bare root ones can only planted between November and March. Remove weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole, then dig a hole as deep as the rootmass and twice as wide. To aid establishment, apply rootgrow.
Remove the pot, gently loosen roots and place into the planting hole. Mix 50% of the original soil and 50% compost. Fill in the hole and firm around gently, taking care not to bank soil up around the collar of the tree. We recommend using a stake and tie, along with a rabbit guard. Finish by watering around the base.
The Apple Tree Planting, Pruning & Care guide has more detailed information, along with videos on planting trees and using stakes and ties.
If you’re planting in spring or summer, water well and regularly for the first few months. If you’re planting in autumn, you may only need to water your tree a little. It is important to keep an eye on young fruit trees and increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. Keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons. The Apple Tree guide linked to above provides further advice.
Pruning young apple trees for the first few years after planting ensures a healthy, goblet-like shape. Your tree should have one central leader and several side shoots. Straight after planting, you can remove the lowest laterals. Prune back other branches by between a third and half their length.
In the following years, remove any shoots growing out of the trunk to maintain a clear stem. Also remove any crossing, diseased or damaged branches. If your tree is looking overcrowded, remove some of the larger branches to open up the canopy. This type of pruning should be carried out between November and March. The Apple Tree guide linked to above provides detailed pruning advice.
1 small tree (most under 1.5 metres in height) : £9.95 + vat
1 medium tree (most 1.5-2 metres in height) or 2-4 small trees: £11.95 + vat
2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £14.95 + vat
1-4 trees delivered by pallet to kerbside (inc. mature Japanese Maples): 24.95 + vat
Mature trees, pleached trees or orders too large for pallet: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode not quantity. Starts from £48 + vat.
The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process. Please note, we are unable to deliver outside of Mainland UK.
All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team and most are delivered within 3 weeks of placing the order, unless stated otherwise. There's no need to be in to receive your order and you can request where it is left via the checkout.
For pleached and mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height), we group orders together by geographic area for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers about the delivery date.
Trees on pre-order are still growing and an estimate of when they will be ready is on the product/basket page. Orders are despatched once all trees are ready.
Gift trees and those required by a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure, although we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.
To collect trees, please book an appointment. Delivery charges will be refunded.
The rootstock of a tree defines the height that it will eventually reach. All fruit trees can be pruned to control their height but it is advisable to choose a rootstock most suited to your needs in the first instance.
4-5 metres (13-16 feet) in 10 years - ideal for smaller orchards, individual specimen trees and espalier training. Our most popular rootstock for all but the very small garden.
2.5-3 metres (8-9 feet) in 10 years - Ideal for smaller gardens as specimen trees and suited to cordon training.
2-2.5 metres (6-8 feet) in 10 years - Perfect for tight spots and patio growing in containers, also well suited to training as a cordon.
M27 (very dwarf)
2 metres (6 feet) in 10 years - The smallest of the dwarf apple trees, M27 is ideal for growing in a pot and the smallest of gardens.
The product table at the bottom of the page gives the forms and sizes available for this variety. Please note, photos are a guideline as all plants are unique. *Pot sizes may vary. Below are definitions of terms:
Supplied Size: Height measured from the top of the pot.
Single Stem / Pruned and shaped: Classic shaped tree with a single stem that has had pruning to help create a beautiful, natural shape.
Top grafted: A height noted next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Top grafted trees do not require complicated pruning and are ideal for small spaces.
Feathered: A feathered tree has branches from the bottom of the trunk all the way up. These branches can be removed if a clear stem is required.
Multi Stem: A multi stem tree has two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system.
Bush: A plant with many stems low down, rather than one clear stem.
Clump: Several plants in one pot that can give the appearance of a multi stemmed and very bushy tree.
Climber: A plant that is a natural climber and will be delivered usually running up a bamboo cane, ready to position in the garden.
Standard Tree: A more mature tree with an upright clear stem of approximately 1.8m-2.0m (measured from the soil to the lowest branches of the crown). Standards are available in different forms relating to their girth size (circumference of the stem measured 1m above soil level), not height:
Standard either 6-10cm or 8-10cm girth, approximately 2.5-3.0m in height
Premium Standard 10-12cm girth, approximately 3.0-3.5m in height
Heavy Standard 12-14cm girth, approximately 3.5-4.5m in height
Extra Heavy Standard 14-16cm girth approximately 4.0-6m in height
|Plant Specification||rootstock||Root type||type||Price||Quantity Qty|
|M27 (patio very-dwarf)||12L pot*||2 year old tree / 120-150cm||£64.99 (VAT Free)|
|M26 (semi-dwarf)||12L pot*||2 year old tree / 120-150cm||£64.99 (VAT Free)|
|MM106 (semi-vigorous)||12L pot*||2 year old tree / 150-180cm||£64.99 (VAT Free)|
|MM106 (semi-vigorous)||28L pot*||Standard Tree 8-10cm girth, 3-3.5m||£149.99 (VAT Free)|
|MM106 (semi-vigorous)||28L pot*||Premium Standard Tree 10-12cm girth, 3-4m||£169.99 (VAT Free)|
|MM106 (semi-vigorous)||45L pot*||Heavy Standard Tree 12-14cm girth, 3.5-4.5m||£189.99 (VAT Free)|
|MM106 (semi-vigorous)||45L pot*||Extra Heavy Standard Tree 14-16cm girth, 3.5-4.5m||£209.99 (VAT Free)|