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Chelmsford Wonder

Once a widely grown and popular cooking apple.

Origin: Essex UK, 1870

Pollination: Chelmsford Wonder is self-sterile and would require a pollinator to produce a crop.  Pollination partners

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

Raised by a mechanic living near Chelmsford, Essex c 1870. Introduced by the nurseryman William Saltmarsh in 1890. Received RHS First Class Certificate and Award of Merit in 1891. Formerly grown in the UK. Large, slightly flattened, round fruit. Colourful with a pinky orange flush over a yellow skin. Pale cream flesh cooking to a sharp, well flavoured, cream coloured puree. Soft and juicy when baked. Keeps well.

Characteristics of Chelmsford Wonder apple trees

Fruit sizeLarge
Picking timeEarly Oct
Season of useNov-Mar
Tree vigourModerate
Tree habitUpright-spreading
Pollination date12
Pollination groupD
PollinatorsPollination partners