MIApple Farm


Apple Varieties in Miapple collection.

Varieties with Australian Origin.

Abas mid sized early-mid season fruit, red with dark red stripes, crisp and juicy dessert apple, not quite as sweet as Gravenstein

but keeps better. Polinators GrannySmith, Jonathan. Fruits biennially with very few fruit every second year.

Australian Beauty 

Bonza syn. Batlow Bonza  originated in Batlow south of Canberra in 1950's , fruit medium large mid season red and crisp and sweet dual purpose

apple, tip bearer diploid with good shelf life. Polinators Granny Smith, Abas.

Crofton originated in Hobart, Tasmania 1870, related to Fameuse or Snow Apple small to meduim flattish apple yellow-green apple with

red blush, ripens mid season, flesh very white, crisp and sweet once grown commercially in Australia and keeps well. Polinator Jonathan.

Distinct from English "Crofton".

Democrat syn. Tasma originated Duffy's Orchard, Hobart in 1900, large hard deep red fruit, sweet with acidic overtones, ripens late season,

very good keeper. Likely polinator Sundownwer or Jonathan. Distinct from USA "Democrat"

Eagle Point Star

Geeveston Fanny originated Geeveston in Huon Valley, Tasmania around 1880. A small white fleshed apple with red blush or stripes. Dual

purpose, crisp and aromatic. Ripens mid to late season. Reputed to be great in apple pies. Likely polinators Abas or Lord Nelson. 

Granny Smith (photo) originated in the back yard of Anne Smith in Ryde, NSW in 1868. Meduim to large green to yellow apple. Dual purpose, juicy

crisp and acid sweetness, good keeper. Ripens mid to late season. Sweetness increases as the fruit matures. Grows better in warmer climate.

Seedlings often used as rootstocks for other varieties. Good eating if allowed to mature on tree and useful cooking for apple sauce or pies.

Huonville Crab

Lady Williams bred by A L Williams in Western Australia in 1968. Meduim to large pink red apple with creamy white firm flesh. Can be

left on the tree until the leaves drop  for improved flavour and extended picking season. Likely polinators Jonathan or Delicious.

King Cole


Lord Nelson originated Australia early 1900's as a larger Sport of "Kentish Fillibasket". Fruit large green with some red flush and stripe

with a sweet sharp flesh ripens early to mid season. Cooks to a puree retaining high flavour. Long flowering period good polinator for

other early flowering triploids such as Gravenstein.

Murray Gem

Pink Lady syn. Cripps Pink  (photo) originated by J.E.L.Cripps W.A. Dept. Agriculture in 1973. Released 1984 with Plant Breeders Rights

applied (as in Patent rights) now expired in Australia but still current in some other countries. Fruit medium large with pink-scarlet blush,

crisp, firm and juicy which sweetens if allowed to ripen on tree. Harvest late to very late keeps m oderately well. Susceptible to apple scab.

Low chill requirement makes it suited to warmer climates. Offspring of Lady William x Golden Delicious.  Likely polinators Granny Smith,

Delicious. Sibling to Sundowner syn. Cripps Red.

Rokewood syn. Bullock's Seedling thought to have originated in Rokewood, Victoria, Australia in the mid-1800's. Fruit is a meduim

elongated apple with a dull red blush over the skin. Flesh is off/white and crisp needing a strong bite. Matures very late and keeps very

well with dual purpose as dessert apple or for pies and especially apple jelly. Flowers mid-season making it useful as a polinator.

Stewart's Seedling syn. Ballarat originated in Mr Stewarts garden in Ballarat 1870's. Fruit yellow green medium size cooking apple.

Flowers mid-season with a late harvest. Keeps well. Is noted for the outstanding flavour of its apple jelly.

Statesman syn. Chandlers Statesman originated Victoria, Australia 1858. Fruit meduim large dual purpose apple, predominantly red,

sharp crisp and mild sweet fruity flavour, harvested late keeps well. Likely polinators Granny Smith, Jonathan 

Sundowner syn. Cripps Red sibling of Pink Lady originating at the same time in W.A. from common parents. Fruit is medium size with

highly coloured red and maroon stripe and white flesh with a crunch acid/sweet taste. Not as tasty as Pink Lady. Harvest is late to very

late after it flowers mid season. Fruit needs hot summer and autumn to mature. Low chill factor makes it suitable to warmer climates.

Tasman Pride