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Beauty of Bath

A popular very early season dessert apple with a distinctive sharp taste.

Origin: Somerset UK, 1864

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

Beauty of Bath apple trees for sale

1-year maiden trees

These are the most versatile choice for home orchards, community fruit tree projects, and for training on in any form you require.

MaidenMM106Semi-vigorous £23.50

Orders placed now will be delivered in the winter planting season.

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History and description of Beauty of Bath

Beauty of Bath apple originated as a local variety grown at Bailbrook, near Bath, UK in the 19th Century. It was inroduced by the nurseryman George Cooling of Bath c 1864. Received a First Class Certificate from the RHS in 1887. Became established as one of the most important very early dessert apples grown in the UK. However, it suffered from the disadvantage of a tendency to drop its fruit. Straw had to be spread under the trees to prevent damage to falling fruit. It is now no longer grown commercially but remains a popular garden variety.

Small to medium sized, flat round fruit. Attractive looking. Red flush and stripes over pale greenish yellow skin. Creamy white, soft, juicy flesh, sometimes stained pink under the skin. Distinctive, fairly sharp flavour. Does not store and should be eaten from the tree.

Vigorous tree. Heavy cropper but with a tendency to drop its fruit before it is fully ripe. Very resistant to scab.

Characteristics of Beauty of Bath apple trees

Fruit sizeSmall
Picking timeEarly Aug
Season of useAug
Tree vigourVigorous
Tree habitUpright-spreading
Disease resistanceScab - Very resistant
Suitable forNorthern Britain
Wet Regions
Pollination date9
Pollination groupC
PollinatorsPollination partners
ProgenyBeauty of Bedford
Duchess of Bedford
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