Apple - Flower of Kent

Flower of Kent Apple

Malus domestica
The apple which is said to have prompted Newton to formulate his theory of gravitation.

Origin: Kent UK 1629

Pollination:  Flower of Kent is self-sterile and would require a pollinator to produce a crop. Show suitable pollination partners

A guide to choosing Apple Trees

Flower of Kent 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
M25 - Very vigorous   1 year Maiden

History and description of Flower of Kent

First listed in 1629. It is identical to the variety growing in Isaac Newton's garden at Woolsthorpe Manor, Near Grantham, Lincolnshire. According to the legend Newton was sitting under this tree when an apple fell to the ground and gave him the ideas which lead to his theory of gravitation. The original Isaac Newton tree died in 1814, but trees descending from it by grafting still survive and include the Isaac Newton trees at the National Physics Laboratory.

A large culinary apple, flushed and heavily ribbed. White, soft flesh, tinged green. Cooks to a sweet puree. Spreading, part tip-bearing tree.

Main characteristics of Flower of Kent

Use Culinary
Colour Flushed
Flavour Sweet
Fruit size  Large
Picking time  Mid Oct
Season of use  Nov-Jan

Tree vigour  Moderate
Tree habit  Spreading
Fruit bearing  Partial tip-bearer

Pollination date  20
Pollination group  F
Self fertility  Self-sterile Triploid
Pollinators Show suitable pollination partners
Other names  Isaac Newton's Tree