Apple - Dumelow's Seedling

Dumelow's Seedling Apple

Malus domestica
A popular Victorian cooking apple and a good frost resistant substitute for Bramley.

Origin: Leicestershire UK 1800

Pollination:  Dumelow's Seedling is self-sterile and would require a pollinator to produce a crop. Show suitable pollination partners

A guide to choosing Apple Trees

Dumelow's Seedling Apple Trees for sale - order online

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
MM106 - Semi-vigorous   1 year Maiden
M25 - Very vigorous   1 year Maiden

History and description of Dumelow's Seedling

Raised by Richard Dumeller (pronounced Dumelow), a farmer at Shakestone, Leicestershire in the late 1700's probably from a Northern Greening Seedling. It was originally known locally as Dumelow's Crab. It was introduced by Richard Williams of Turnham Green Nursery in 1819 or 1820 as Wellington Apple, after he received the variety from Earl Howe's estate at Gospall Hall. It was a widely grown and popular culinary variety in England until it was superceded by Bramley's Seedling in the early 1900's.

Large, regular, flat-round shaped fruit. Pale greenish yellow. Delicate pinkish orange blush and stripes. Firm, juicy, acid, white flesh. Cooks to a strong flavoured, pale cream puree. Keeps very well retaining much of its acidity and flavour until spring. A very good culinary apple.

A vigorous, spreading tree. Good cropper but with some bienniel tendency. Attractive blossom. Good frost resistance making this variety a good substitute for Bramley's Seedling in areas subject to late frosts.

Main characteristics of Dumelow's Seedling

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

Tree vigour  Moderate
Tree habit  Spreading
Fruit bearing  Spur-bearer
Cropping Good
Suitable for Late Frost
Special features Attractive Blossom

Pollination date  15
Pollination group  D
Self fertility  Self-sterile
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Parentage  Northern Greening (?)
Progeny  Belvoir SeedlingCottenham SeedlingLane's Prince Albert (?)MonarchNewton Wonder (?)
Other names  Wellington, Dumeller's Seedling, Normanton Wonder