This section is from the book "The Fruit Manual: Containing The Descriptions And Synonyms Of The Fruits And Fruit Trees Of Great Britain", by Robert Hogg. Also available from Amazon: The Fruit Manual.
Fruit, very small, about three-quarters of an inch broad, and the same in height; oblato-oblong. Skin, thin and shining, of a beautiful lemon colour on the shaded side, but entirely covered with dark blood-red on the side exposed to the sun, and which extends towards the shaded side of a fine crimson. Stalk, very slender, an inch and a half long, inserted in a small round cavity. Eye, small, with divergent deciduous segments, placed in a shallow basin. Stamens, marginal; tube, conical. Flesh, yellow, firm, crisp, and juicy, with a very pleasant and lively sub-acid flavour. Cells, obovate; axile.
The tree, when full grown, is from fifteen to twenty feet high, and produces an abundance of its beautiful fruit. It is perfectly hardy, and may bo grown on almost any description of soil. It forms a beautiful object when grown as an ornamental tree on a lawn or shrubbery.
Fruit, small, two inches wide, and an inch and a half high; roundish oblate, narrowing a little towards the crown, even and regular in its outline. Skin, smooth, golden yellow, and with a bright rose cheek on the side next the sun, which is also sometimes marked with patches of pale brown russet. Eye, closed, with erect convergent segments which are reflexed at the tips, and set in a narrow, shallow, plaited basin. Stamens, marginal; tube, short conical. Stalk, from a quarter to half an inch long, set in a small and shallow cavity, generally with a fleshy swelling on one side. Flesh, quite white, tender and soft, juicy, and with an astringent as well as a sweet taste. Cells, very regular, obovate; axile, open.
Fruit, about medium size, two inches and a half wide, and the same in height; roundish, but occasionally somewhat conical, even in its outline, but sometimes bluntly angular. Skin, entirely covered with brilliant crimson and broken streaks of darker colour, except on the shaded side, where it is rich yellow, flushed and streaked with crimson; the whole of the surface is strewed with distinct russet dots. Eye, small, and closed, with connivent segments set in a pretty even basin. Stamens, median; tube, funnel-shaped. Stalk, short, inserted all its length in a russet-lined cavity. Flesh, yellowish, stained with red at the eye, and with a red line extending all round the core, tender, and pleasantly flavoured. Cells, roundish or roundish obovate; axile, open. A Herefordshire cider apple.
Fruit, below medium size, two inches and a half wide, and two inches high; oblate and roundish, without angles, and handsomely shaped. Skin, yellow, tinged with green on the shaded side; occasionally streaked and mottled with red next the sun, and speckled all over with large russety dots. Eye, open, with short erect segments, set in a round, even, and rather shallow basin. Stamens, marginal; tube, deep conical. Stalk, short and slender, not protruding beyond the margin, inserted in a deep cavity, which is lined with russet. Flesh, yellowish white, tender, brisk, juicy, sugary, and pleasantly flavoured. Cells, obovate; axile, open.
A dessert apple of the first quality; in use from December to February. The tree is an abundant bearer, but constitutionally weak, a delicate grower, and subject to canker and mildew. On the paradise stock it forms a beautiful, compact, and handsome little pyramid. It was raised by a Mr. Christie, at Kingston-on-Thames.