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Dumelow's Seedling

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.  Pollination partners

Dumelow's 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-1Dumelow's Seedling tree custom-grafted on M9 rootstock (Dwarfing)£39.00 each
  • CG-2Dumelow's Seedling tree custom-grafted on M26 rootstock (Semi-dwarfing)£39.00 each
  • CG-3Dumelow's Seedling tree custom-grafted on MM106 rootstock (Semi-vigorous)£39.00 each
  • CG-4Dumelow's Seedling tree custom-grafted on MM111 rootstock (Vigorous)£39.00 each
  • CG-5Dumelow's 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 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 It was a widely grown and popular culinary variety in England until it was superceded by Bramley's Seedling in the early 1900's.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.

Characteristics of Dumelow's Seedling apple trees

Fruit sizeLarge
Picking timeEarly/Mid Oct
Season of useNov-Apr
Tree vigourModerate
Tree habitSpreading
Suitable forLate Frost
Special featuresAttractive Blossom
Pollination date15
Pollination groupD
PollinatorsPollination partners
ParentageNorthern Greening
ProgenyBelvoir Seedling
Cottenham Seedling
Lane's Prince Albert
Newton Wonder