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

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Bramley's Seedling Apple Trees for sale - order online

We supply trees and plants only during the winter planting season from late November to mid March. Orders placed now will not be be delivered until the winter planting season. You will not be required to pay until October but by ordering now you can ensure that the items are reserved for you and supplied as early as possible when we resume delveries in late November.
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
M27 - Very dwarfing   1 year Maiden Sold out £17.50
M9 - Dwarfing   1 year Maiden Available £17.50
M9 - Dwarfing   2 years Bush *Reduced Price* Available £21.50
M26 - Semi-dwarfing   1 year Maiden Available £17.50
MM106 - Semi-vigorous   1 year Maiden Available £17.50
MM106 - Semi-vigorous   2 years Half Standard Available £28.50
M25 - Very vigorous   1 year Maiden Available £17.50
M25 - Very vigorous   2 years Standard Available £28.50

The availability information shown in the availability column in the table is always up-to-date.
Available means Available for supply from Nov 2018 to March 2019
2019/20 means Sold out but available for supply winter 2019/20. Orders taken from May 2019
Sold out means Sold out for supply Nov 2018 to March 2019. May be available again winter 2019/20

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
Pollinators Show suitable pollination partners
Progeny  Byfleet SeedlingCobra
Sports  Crimson BramleyBramley 20