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Cottenham Seedling



A good cooking apple originating from Cottenham near Cambridge with very attractive blossom.

Origin: Cambridgeshire UK, 1924

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

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

Raised by Robert Norman at Cottenham Cambridgeshire from an open- pollinated Dumelow’s Seedling. Introduced by Mr H J Gautry c1924.

Large round to round-oval apple. Fairly smooth greenish yellow skin becoming golden yellow with a light red flush. Quite greasy. Creamy white flesh, fairly firm, juicy and distinctly acid. Cooks to a bright lemon puree with excellent flavour. Keeps well.

Moderately vigorous, upright-spreading tree. Late flowering with attractive blossom. Crops well. Part tip-bearer not suitable for training into restricted forms.

Characteristics of Cottenham Seedling apple trees

UseCulinary
ColourFlushed
FlavourSharp
Fruit sizeLarge
Picking timeMid Oct
Season of useNov-Mar
Tree vigourModerate
Tree habitUpright-spreading
Fruit-bearingPartial tip-bearer
Cropping
Special featuresAttractive Blossom
Pollination date20
Pollination groupF
Self-fertilitySelf-sterile
PollinatorsPollination partners
ParentageDumelow's Seedling