Apple - Chelmsford Wonder

Chelmsford Wonder Apple

Malus domestica
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. Show suitable pollination partners

A guide to choosing Apple Trees



Chelmsford Wonder 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
M26 - Semi-dwarfing   1 year Maiden Available £17.50
M26 - Semi-dwarfing   2 years Bush *Reduced Price* Available £21.50
M25 - Very vigorous   1 year Maiden Available £17.50

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 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.




Main characteristics of Chelmsford Wonder

Use Culinary
Colour Flushed
Flavour Acid
Fruit size  Large
Picking time  Early Oct
Season of use  Nov-Mar

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

Pollination date  12
Pollination group  D
Self fertility  Self-sterile
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