Arthur Turner apples are the cooking apple you should choose if apple sauce is your thing. They make the supreme sauce, cooking down to a soft, richly flavoured puree. I was inclined to say 'to die for' but the sad note is that the tree was possibly renamed Arthur Turner in memory of the breeder's son who died in the field in Flanders in 1915. The apples are also excellent for baking but a bit too soft when cooked for pies and tarts. This is an early cropping tree and so the fruit does not store well, but ripening happens over a period of several weeks meaning they can be picked fresh over an extended period. At the end of the season, the fruit has sweetened sufficiently to be eaten straight off the tree.
Arthur Turner is unique among apple trees in having won an RHS Award of Garden Merit for its flowers. So whatever else you do, plant it where it will be seen often in late spring. It is a strong growing variety, not quite up with Bramley but much bigger than say Laxton's Superb. So once established (give it a head start of 2-3 years) it is a superb host for a medium sized rambling rose.
All of our trees are grown on MM106 rootstocks, except for the cordons, which are on M9 . These control the size of the tree; read our fruit tree rootstock information to learn more
See our Guide to Apple Tree Pollination for a full list of partners & more tips about pollination.
Raised by Mr Charles Turner of Slough in the early 1900's as Turner's Prolific, renamed Arthur Turner in 1913 and re-introduced in 1915. Charles Turner was also responsible for introducing a little know apple called Cox's Orange Pippin. Now, if he had a penny for every one sold....