Origin Old cultivar of Grasten Denmark, over 200 years.
Tree Very vigorous, spreading.
Disease status Very susceptible to the virus twist (flat limb, gnarl), moderately susceptible to scab and mildew.
Chilling requirement Medium.
Blossom and pollination Very early season.
Earliblaze, Scotia. Triploid variety so will not reciprocate with pollen for pollinator variety. Red strains flower at same time but will not cross-pollinate each other.
Fruit shape Large flat conical.
Skin and flesh Striped red on part of surface.
Crisp, juicy, flavour.
Harvest and yield At Orange, end of January to early February; at Bilpin, late December.
Ripens very unevenly over the tree.
Storage Short; short shelf life.


Theissen Gravenstein

Jackes Gravenstein

Red strains

Jackes - Red strain from Mr Jackes, Australia. Similar shape but sometimes a little smaller; striped red over 70–100% of surface; attractive.

Red - Virus-tested source. Similar to ordinary strain but often less flat; smooth red skin but not too blotchy.

Theissen - Red strain from Mr Theissen, Australia. Flat conical as for the ordinary strain; smooth red but not too blotchy.

This information forms part of Agfact H4.1.12 Apple varieties.