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Bismarck



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.  Pollination partners

Bismarck apple trees produced to order

We do not stock this variety, but we can produce trees for you through our custom grafting service. Trees can be grafted on any of the following rootstocks:

  • CG-1Bismarck tree custom-grafted on M9 rootstock (Dwarfing)£39.00 each
  • CG-2Bismarck tree custom-grafted on M26 rootstock (Semi-dwarfing)£39.00 each
  • CG-3Bismarck tree custom-grafted on MM106 rootstock (Semi-vigorous)£39.00 each
  • CG-4Bismarck tree custom-grafted on MM111 rootstock (Vigorous)£39.00 each
  • CG-5Bismarck tree custom-grafted on M25 rootstock (Very vigorous)£39.00 each

If you wish to go order please fill in our contact form in the first instance, stating your name, full address, and the rootstock(s) you wish the tree(s) to be grafted on. You will need to contact us before June.

Propagation is carried out in late July / early August, and the grafted trees would be available for supply in December the following year (approximately 14 months later).

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.

Characteristics of Bismarck apple trees

UseCulinary
ColourFlushed
FlavourAcid
Fruit sizeLarge
Picking timeEarly Oct
Season of useNov-Feb
Tree vigourModerate
Tree habitSpreading
Fruit-bearingSpur-bearer
CroppingGood
Suitable forLate Frost
Pollination date8
Pollination groupC
Self-fertilityPartially self-fertile
PollinatorsPollination partners
ProgenyBushey Grove


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