Apple - Bramley's Seedling

Bramley's Seedling Apple

Malus domestica
The most popular classic English cooking apple.

Origin: Nottinghamshire UK 1809

Pollination:  Bramley's Seedling is self-sterile and would require a pollinator to produce a crop. Show suitable pollination partners

A guide to choosing Apple Trees

Bramley's Seedling 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
M27 - Very dwarfing   1 year Maiden
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M9 - Dwarfing   1 year Maiden
M9 - Dwarfing   2 years Bush *Reduced Price*
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M26 - Semi-dwarfing   1 year Maiden
MM106 - Semi-vigorous   1 year Maiden
MM106 - Semi-vigorous   2 years Bush
MM106 - Semi-vigorous   2 years Half Standard
M25 - Very vigorous   1 year Maiden
M25 - Very vigorous   1 year Maiden *Reduced Price*
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M25 - Very vigorous   2 years Standard
M25 - Very vigorous   2 years Straight Leader

History and description of Bramley's Seedling

The original Bramley's Seedling tree was raised by Betsy Brailsford in her cottage garden at Southwell, Nottinghamshire, UK 1809-1813. The tree came to the notice of the nurseryman Henry Merryweather c 1857, who named the variety Bramley's Seedling after Mr Bramley who owned the cottage garden at the time, and introduced it in 1865. It received a First Class Certificate from the RHS in 1883 and was soon adopted by commercial growers. It has since become by far the best known and widely grown culinary apple in the UK.

Irregular, large, flat-round fruit. Green to greenish yellow skin with some brownish orange flush and red stripes. Commercially grown fruit is usually plain green because it is picked before the colour develops. White, green tinged, juicy flesh. Cooks to a pale cream puree. Its strong acidity and flavour have made Bramley's Seedling by far the most popular English cooking apple. Very good keeping quality retaining much of its acidity and flavour until the spring. Bramley's Seedling is widely used for cider making and also produces excellent sharp tasting juice.

Very vigorous triploid tree. Characteristic large leathery leaves and thick shoots. Heavy cropping but with some biennial tendency. Partial tip bearer. Prone to bitter pit. Attractive bright pink blossom.

Main characteristics of Bramley's Seedling

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

Tree vigour  Vigorous
Tree habit  Upright-Spreading
Fruit bearing  Partial tip-bearer
Cropping Heavy
Disease resistance  Scab: Slightly susceptible
Mildew: Resistant
Canker: Resistant
Suitable for Late Frost
Northern Britain
Special features Attractive Blossom
Good for Cider
Good for Juice

Pollination date  12
Pollination group  D
Self fertility  Self-sterile Triploid
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Progeny  Byfleet SeedlingCobra
Sports  Crimson BramleyBramley 20