Lady Williams originated in a Mediterranean climate at 33″S similar to the inland valleys of Los Angeles, CA (34″N), suggesting Lady Williams is ideal in those areas. The average Winter low for Donnybrook is 42F, with an average high of 62F in the Winter, climbing to 87F at the peak of Summer, with the bulk of the precipitation falling in the Winter.According to Bob Williams (link to interview), the son of the farmer who discovered the seedling growing next to his water tank in 1935, Lady Williams almost didn't make it. His brother hacked the young seedling down once, but his mother propped the broken tree back up and nursed it to health. Then, Bob himself, as a destructive youngster, yanked at it, nearly pulling the whole tree out except for one root. His mother, frustrated and protective of the young tree, once again propped it up and nursed it back. Soon after, it fruited; and after revealing its very special secret, it was safe. Naturally, the name comes from its savior, Bob's mother, who neighbors called "Lady Williams." A seedling with unknown parentage—some speculate Granny Smith, others Jonathan—it is the parent of two well-known apples, Sundowner and Pink Lady (aka Cripp's Pink).
It is nearly impossible in the United States to get scionwood for Lady Williams, and the only place in this country that I know sells grafted trees of it is Kuffel Creek. I hope, as the tree gains some size, to be able to share scionwood not only through CRFG, but also through Seed Savers' Exchange, because this is an apple worth protecting and nurturing. Lady Williams, at least in our country, once again could use some more propping up.