A traditional English dessert apple with an intense aromatic aniseed flavour that develops after picking. If stored too long it can become rather medicinal, so best picked mid-September and consumed early in the autumn. It has the attractive orange flush typical of English apples. The trees are disease-resistant and particularly popular in the north of England. Developed in the early 1900s in Lincolnshire, taking its name from the rosarian Rev. C.C. Ellison, a keen fruit man who owned a collection of 1500 trees in 1900.


Flowering group D (Mid).


M27 is the most dwarfing of all apple rootstocks, producing a tree which will be about the same size as a person standing with their arms slightly spread out (1.2-1.8m). They can be container grown or spaced 1-1.5 apart in a small garden. They need permanent staking and a little extra care with regards to watering and feeding. They start fruiting after two years and considering their size can bare a good yield of apples.


M27 trees are sold as feathered maidens (1 year trees with branch development) pot grown. As a result they can be supplied all year round, but it is best to collect as the postage costs are much higher. On special request M27 trees can be supplied bareroot and thus posted out. Email for more information.

Ellison's Orange M27

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