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Burr Knot

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.  Pollination partners

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

Characteristics of Burr Knot apple trees

Fruit sizeMedium
Picking timeMid Sep
Season of useSep-Oct
Tree vigourModerate
Tree habitUpright-spreading
Pollination date9
Pollination groupC
PollinatorsPollination partners