They have bright-yellow skin covered with a reddish-orange flush, and red stripes.
Inside, they have finely-textured, firm, crisp, juicy yellow flesh with a sharp, sweet, rich flavour.
The compact tree blooms late with attractive blossoms, and can pollinate itself to some extent.
The fruit starts ripening in August.
Lady Sudeley Apples were developed in 1849 by a Mr Jacobs of Chatham, Kent, England, who named the apple Jacobs’ Strawberry. Jacobs was a “farm bailiff” (foreman) at Sharsted Farm there; when he moved to Petworth House in West Sussex, he took the apple with him. The apple received an Award of Merit in 1884 at the Royal Horticultural Show. It was introduced commercially in 1885 by a G. Bunyard of G. Bunyard & Co. Nursery in Maidstone, Kent, who renamed it Lady Sudley (the Sudley estate was one of Bunyard’s best customers.)
The apple was popular commerically until the 1930s.