Levering Limbertwig

Why you should be excited

Levering Limbertwig is an old variety from the U.S. south that stands out for the tree's drooping branches.

The story of Levering Limbertwig

Limbertwig apples are an odd case: a family of more than two dozen varieties so diverse that experts disagree on what makes them a family.

Some say it's a distinctive flavour they all share. Others say it's the tree's drooping branches.

Whatever it is, Levering Limbertwig is a member of the family that came along sometime in the 19th century, offering solid eating quality (quite literally, as this is one hard apple) in addition to better than average keeping ability.

Larger than the average Limbertwig, Levering Limbertwig is a throwback to the apples of old times that kept well and worked for fresh eating, baking, apple butter and cider.

Levering Limbertwig Facts

Its origins

Raised from a seed in Ararat, Virginia, USA in the 19th century.

Flavour, aroma, texture

This hard, crisp apple is tasty for fresh-eating, despite its tough skin.


The appearance of the apple is unremarkable, but the tree stands out because of its drooping branches.

When they’re available

Late season (usually in late October).

Quality for fresh eating


Quality for cooking


Quality for cider

Good. Like the vast majority of heritage U.S. varieties, Levering Limbertwig was always considered a multi-purpose apple, which includes use in cider.

Keeping ability

Very good (4 to 5 months when kept refrigerated).