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Hawthornden



A pretty and delicately coloured cooking apple.

Origin: Scotland, 1780

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

Hawthornden apple trees produced to order

We do not stock this variety, but it is available through our custom bud-grafting service.

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). You can choose the number of trees and the rootstock(s) you want the trees grafted on.

Read more about our Grafting service here.

If you wish to order a grafted tree of this variety please fill in our contact form in the first instance.

History and description of Hawthornden

Arose in Scotland and first recorded in about 1780. Named after Hawthornden, Near Edinburgh, the birthplace of the 16th century poet Drummond. A popular Victorian garden variety. Commercially grown in Kent and by London market gardeners in the 19th century but its popularity waned by the 1890’s because the fruit bruises easily.

An attractive culinary apple, primrose yellow, lightly flushed pinky red. Cooks to a creamy, well flavoured, brisk puree. A spreading tree. Hardy but prone to mildew.

Characteristics of Hawthornden apple trees

UseCulinary
ColourYellow
FlavourSubacid
Fruit sizeMedium
Picking timeMid Sep
Season of useSep-Nov
Tree vigourModerate
Tree habitSpreading
Fruit-bearingSpur-bearer
CroppingGood
Suitable forNorthern Britain
Pollination date13
Pollination groupD
Self-fertilitySelf-sterile
PollinatorsPollination partners