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Bramley's Seedling

The most popular classic English cooking apple.

Origin: Nottinghamshire UK, 1809

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

Bramley's Seedling apple trees for sale

1-year maiden trees

These are the most versatile choice for home orchards, community fruit tree projects, and for training on in any form you require.

MaidenM26Semi-dwarfing £23.50
MaidenMM106Semi-vigorous £23.50
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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.

Characteristics of Bramley's Seedling apple trees

Fruit sizeLarge
Picking timeEarly Oct
Season of useNov-Mar
Tree vigourVigorous
Tree habitUpright-spreading
Fruit-bearingPartial tip-bearer
Disease resistanceScab - Slightly susceptible
Mildew - Resistant
Canker - Resistant
Suitable forLate Frost
Northern Britain
Special featuresAttractive Blossom
Good for Cider
Good for Juice
Pollination date12
Pollination groupD
Self-fertilitySelf-sterile triploid
PollinatorsPollination partners
ProgenyByfleet Seedling
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