Lady Sudeley

(striped and sweet)


Originally called Jacob’s Strawberry after a cottager called Jacob in the village of Petworth in Sussex in about 1849.  Named by Lord Sudeley because it reminded him of a court dress worn by his wife.  Introduced by Bunyard and Co. of Maidstone, Kent in 1885.  RHS Award of merit in 1884. Also RED SUDELEY

Medium size, round conical to oblong conical. Flattened at base, slightly ribbed, usually five crowned at apex.
Green going golden yellow, covered with orange flush and broad bright red stripes.  Very striking and attractive – it almost glows!  Lenticels large grey russet dots.  Becomes greasy in store, although it is an early apple and best not kept.

Cavity medium width and depth, lined with golden brown russet which can come out over shoulder.
Stalk Bultitude says ‘short and slender’, Sanders says ‘’medium thick, within cavity’.  In my sample short and thick and within cavity.
Basin medium width and fairly deep, ribbed, sometimes a very little russet.
Eye closed or half open
Sepals erect and convergent, usually broken leaving an open eye and the stamens visible.
Flesh creamy yellow/white, juicy, good flavour but goes soft when kept.

Tube cone or funnel, Stamens median to marginal, Core axile

Tree vigorous, upright spreading, produces spurs freely

Flowering two days after Cox’s Orange Pippin with Melrose and Tydeman’s Late Orange

Season : mid August to early September

A small wizened specimen came for identification in late October - anything is possible!