Merton Knave Apple tree


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Merton Knave Apple tree
Often under-rated, this is a very good easy to grow early dessert apple in the style of Discovery. Merton Knave is a good grower and sound producer of quality, crisply juicy sweet and well-coloured fruits. Season late August & through September.

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Raised in London in the 1940’s, but not named until 1970. A good early dessert variety that deserves wider appreciation.

Merton Knave Apple tree – Season:

Late August and throughout September. Best eaten from the tree.

Merton Knave - appearance:

A small and brightly coloured apple with a good raspberry red blush.

Merton Knave apple trees – flavour:

Sweet, pleasantly juicy, some can detect a hint of strawberry. Very pleasurable to eat.


An early dessert apple, also for decoration. Could be juiced.

Cropping & Growth

Medium vigour and very heavy cropper. Largely trouble free and suitable for planting everywhere.

Merton Knave - Pollination: ‘C’ pollination group, use varieties with the same or adjacent groups to pollinate successfully. Here are some suggested varieties:

Charles Ross

James Grieve


Laxtons Epicure


Arthur Turner

Laxtons Superb

George Cave

Tree sizes for Merton Knave apple trees:

M27 is a miniature stock, ideal for very small gardens, pots on the patio etc. Grows to around 180cm’s. Good hearty soil is preferred.

M9 is classed as dwarfing and a good intermediate stock. Matures to 200cm’s plus with a similar spread. M9 is heavy cropping and promotes larger fruits, but needs permanent staking and good soil.

M26 stock Is classed as semi-dwarfing. Does well on poorer soil. Reaches 300cm’s+ with the same spread.

MM106 is vigorous and the best choice for where a larger ‘orchard sized’ tree is required. Grows 4m+ with the same spread and suitable for most soils.

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