May Queen

May Queen

Raised by Mr Haywood of Worcester and first recorded in 1888 when it was introduced by Messrs. Penwill. It won an RHS Award of Merit in 1892. This is a fantastic variety and it is hard to see why it is not more popular.

An attractive, medium sized red dessert apple, it is edible in November and has excellent keeping qualities, storing until April.

On the smaller rootstocks is is amazingly productive and bears well season after season.

According to Bunyard it is ‘a neglected fruit of great excellence and as a fruit for small gardens as cordons or bushes it can hardly be surpassed’. It produces few laterals reducing pruning to a minimum.

There are believed to be 28 varieties of Worcestershire apple

Facts & Figures

Dessert apple
All of the descriptions and photographs are by Wade Muggleton unless stated.