Apple - Bismarck

Fruit Trees
Bismarck Apple

Malus domestica
An old Australian cooking apple. Good regular cropper and a useful general purpose cooker.

Origin: Australia 1870

Pollination:  Bismarck is partially self-fertile and would produce some crop without a pollinator but would benefit considerably from a pollinator. Show suitable pollination partners



Bismarck Apple Trees for sale - order online

Please select the rootstock, age and tree form available items in the table below. The choice of rootstock is important as it determines the size to which the tree will grow when mature. Trees are available either as maidens which are untrained one year old trees or two year old trees already trained in a particular form. Reduced price trees when available are smaller one year old trees or two year old trees which have less well developed heads than our regular trees but are otherwise perfectly good healthy trees offered at a lower price. Trees are supplied bare root during the planting season from late November to early March. Further information is available below.

Rootstock / Vigour / Age / Form Availability Price Qty required
M26 - Semi-dwarfing   1 year Maiden Available £16.50
MM111 - Vigorous   1 year Maiden Available £16.50

The availability information shown in the availability column in the table is always up-to-date.
Available means Available for supply from Nov 2014 to March 2015
2015/16 means Sold out but available for supply winter 2015/16. Orders taken from May 2015
Sold out means Sold out for supply Nov 2014 to March 2015. May be available again winter 15/16




History and description of Bismarck

An old Australian variety dating from c1870 which is believed to have either originated at the German settlement of Bismarck in Tasmania or raised by F Fricke, a German settler at Carisbrooke, Victoria. Awarded RHS First Class Certificate 1887. Grown in Victoria and also in Europe until 1930's.

Medium to large, short-round-conical fruit. Bright red flush and stripes over green skin. Crisp, juicy, white astringent flesh. High Vitamin C content. Cooks to a golden yellow, well flavoured puree.

Moderately vigorous, spreading tree. Good cropper. Heavy crops require thinning to get good and even sized fruit.




Main characteristics of Bismarck

Use Culinary
Colour Flushed
Flavour Acid
Fruit size  Large
Picking time  Early Oct
Season of use  Nov-Feb

Tree vigour  Moderate
Tree habit  Spreading
Fruit bearing  Spur-bearer
Cropping Good
Suitable for Late Frost

Pollination date  8
Pollination group  C
Self fertility  Partially Self Fertile
Pollinators Show suitable pollination partners
Progeny  Bushey Grove