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May Queen

Dessert apple

Malus domestica Borkh.

Raised by Haywood of Worcester, England. First recorded in 1888. Introduced by Penwill's. It received an Award of Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society in 1892. Fruits have firm, compact, yellow flesh with an unusual, sometimes astringent flavour.

Material available from the National Fruit Collection.
Material held in Tidnor Wood National Collection® of Malus (Cider making)
Material held in the Marcher Apple Network collections (Paramor)
Material held in the Marcher Apple Network collections (Donnington)
Flat 2
medium 2
51.00mm 2
62.00mm 2
weak 2
Ground Colour
Yellow 2
Over Colour
Orange 2
Over Colour (Pattern)
striped 2
very low 2
crisp 2
Flesh Colour
Yellowish 2

Accession No.
1921 - 018


Accession name
May Queen (M26)
Flowering time  ›››
6th May10% flowering
12th MayFull (80%) flowering
21st May90% petal fall
Picking time
Mid October 1

1. NFC fruit (undated) Unpublished characterisation by staff at NFC, Brogdale.
2. Smith, M. (1971) National Apple Register