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Keswick Codlin

A very old traditional early season cooking apple producing a decorative tree with attractive blossom.

Origin: Lancashire UK, 1793

Pollination: Keswick Codlin is partially self-fertile and would produce some crop without a pollinator but would benefit considerably from a pollinator.  Pollination partners

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

A very old Northern English variety which according to Robert Hogg in his The Fruit Manual was found "growing among a quantity of rubbish behind a wall at Gleaston Castle near Ulverstone" in Lancashire. It was introduced c 1790 by a Keswick nurseryman called John Sander, who named it Keswick Codlin. It was one of the most popular early cooking apples in Victorian England and was grown commercially in Kent and around London up until the 1930's.

Typical long and angular codlin-type fruit. Medium sized. Conical oblong, ribbed shape. Pale green skin ripening to pale yellow. Occasionally a slight dark yellow or orange flush. Often has a distinctive raised russet hair lines running from the stalk to the apex. Soft, juicy, cream coloured flesh. Pleasant refreshing, sharp taste. Cooks to a cream coloured juicy froth needing little added sugar. Good for jelly making.

Moderately vigorous tree. Partially self-fertile. Prolific cropper but with some biennial tendency. Very attractive blossom. Hardy and suitable for growing in Northern Britain.

Characteristics of Keswick Codlin apple trees

Fruit sizeMedium
Picking timeMid/Late Aug
Season of useAug-Sep
Tree vigourModerate
Tree habitUpright-spreading
Suitable forNorthern Britain
Special featuresAttractive Blossom
Pollination date5
Pollination groupB
Self-fertilityPartially self-fertile
PollinatorsPollination partners
ProgenyEarly Victoria