Raised by Mr Cree, a nurseryman of Addlestone, Surrey between the late 1700s and early 1800s. The Duchess was the current Duchess of York.
Medium to small size. Flat round to round, regular and even. Rounded and flattened at base and apex. Almost completely flushed bright crimson red. Faint red stripes on flush. Very prominent large, pale russet lenticels becoming smaller and more numerous towards the apex.
A very pretty little apple.
Cavity narrow, deep and even, goldy russet lined.
Stalk thin and short, level with cavity or just a bit beyond.
Basin wide and shallow, a little puckered.
Sepals long and erect, quite distinctive. Stamens visible.
Flesh, sweet, strawberry flavour after taste. Pink under the skin and in some cases half way to the core. Not a strong taste.
Tube short cone, Stamens median to marginal, Core axile, large for size of apple, corelines red.
Tree moderately vigorous, upward spreading, fertile.
Flowering one day before Cox’s Orange Pippin with Tydeman’s Early Pollination Group C
Season : late August and September