Lady Henniker


Raised by John Perkins, gardener to Lord Henniker at Thornham Hall, near Eye in Suffolk between 1840 and 1850.  Sanders says ‘ the seeds from the apples used to make cider were sown and the most promising seedlings were then selected and grown on.  The tree in question was considered a favourite and carefully preserved.’
Introduced in 1873 and received an RHS First Class Certificate in also in that year.

Large, tall, square, angular, oblong.  Difficult to record a consistent shape.  Flatsided and distinctly five crowned.  Flattened at base and apex.
Yellow green with orange flush, colours later to deep orange with some thin red stripes.  Hairline on some.  Lenticels inconspicuous russet dots. Skin smooth, not shiny but greasy when stored.
Can have russet patches.

Cavity wide, fairly deep, can be narrow. Usually uneven and deeper at one side.  Lined with russet and often bright green under the russet.
Stalk thick and short, within cavity.
Basin deep and irregular, ribbed, beaded and with some russet.
Eye large, closed or slightly open.
Sepals narrow and erect
Flesh creamy white to yellow, good flavour as dessert although quite acid and can be cooked.
Tough skin becoming greasy.  Not very juicy.

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

Tree vigorous and upright.

Flowering two days after Cox’s Orange Pippin with Melrose and Ellison’s Orange.

Season : November to January