Apple - Burr Knot

Burr Knot Apple

Malus domestica
An unusual old cooking apple which roots burrs at the base of its branches.

Origin: England 1818

Pollination:  Burr Knot is self-sterile and would require a pollinator to produce a crop. Show suitable pollination partners

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Burr Knot Apple Trees for sale - order online

We currently produce this variety to order only through our bud-grafting service. You cannot order on line. If you wish to order please contact us using the messaging facility on the contact us page. Let us have your name, postal address, telephone and email address as well as which variety you would like us to produce, how many and on what rootstock. Bud-grafting is carried out in late July and early August. The trees would be supplied approximately 18 months later. We normally need to have received orders by the beginning of July. Please click here for full details of our bud-grafting service.


History and description of Burr Knot

An old English variety of unknown origin first recorded in 1818. Characterised by burrs at the base of branches which will root if planted. Burr Knot and similar varieties, which were propagated from cuttings, were widely grown by small farmers in 19th Century particularly in South Wales. Burr Knott has been used as a rootstock in the past.

Large, round fruit. Red flush on a very greasy yellow skin. Cooks to a yellow puree which is sweet and pleasantly flavoured.



Main characteristics of Burr Knot

Use Culinary
Colour Yellow
Flavour Sweet
Fruit size  Medium
Picking time  Mid Sep
Season of use  Sep-Oct

Tree vigour  Moderate
Tree habit  Upright-Spreading
Fruit bearing  Spur-bearer

Pollination date  9
Pollination group  C
Self fertility  Self-sterile
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