Brimstage Orchard: the Orchard Book, Ch. 6
Crawley Beauty - F2, F3, F4,
Crawley Beauty Trees:
Use: Cooking. Bakes to soft puree with a light, fruit flavour. Eaten fresh, it is sharp and quite soft.
Spur Bearer: suitable for cordons & espaliers, trained on wires.
Tree's growth habit: All of our Crawley Beauty trees are grown on MM106 rootstocks, giving average vigour but more compact form.
Harvest: Mid October: Store & ripen in a cool, dry place until February.
General description of Crawley Beauty:
A medium sized cooker that can be eaten fresh once the fruit have ripened off the branch, the Crawley Beauty bakes to soft puree with a mild flavour. The fruit store well and conveniently hang on the tree after they are ripe, so you don't have to worry about going away for a few days during harvest time.
They can be eaten fresh in the new year, if you like a sharp tasting apple. The texture is coarse and not very juicy.
Crawley Beauty's great strength is its reliability. It is not fussy about where it grows, it is disease resistant, doesn't attract many pests and it crops heavily.
Pollination Partners for Crawley Beauty: self sterile and flowers must be pollinated to make fruit. Crawley Beauty is in pollination Group H, which is the latest flowering group, so needs either a good crab apple with long flowering period or other apple trees in pollination Groups G and H, such as Court Pendu Plat, which we do not have yet .
Because this tree flowers late, it is good for frosty areas.
See our Guide to Apple Tree Pollination for a full list of partners & more tips about pollination.
Crawley Beauty Disease notes:
Disease resistance: Scab, Canker
History & Parentage:
This tree was first recorded in a garden in Sussex. It is suspected it might be the same as the French variety, Nouvelle France. It was first grown commercially by J. Cheal & Sons in 1906. In 1912, it won the award of garden merit from the RHS.