Apple - Beauty of Bath

Beauty of Bath Apple

Malus domestica
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. Show suitable pollination partners

A guide to choosing Apple Trees

Beauty of Bath Apple Trees for sale - order online

We have now stopped taking orders for the winter 2019/20 planting season. Our 2020/21 list is currently being prepared. It will be available from 1st May 2020 when we will start taking orders for delivery next autumn/winter.
We currently produce this variety to order only through our bud-grafting service. You cannot order on line. If you wish to order please contact us using the messaging facility on the contact us page. Let us have your name, postal address, telephone and email address as well as which variety you would like us to produce, how many and on what rootstock. Bud-grafting is carried out in late July and early August. The trees would be supplied approximately 18 months later. We normally need to have received orders by the beginning of July. Please click here for full details of our bud-grafting service.

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.

Main characteristics of Beauty of Bath

Use Dessert
Colour Flushed
Flavour Sharp
Fruit size  Small
Picking time  Early Aug
Season of use  Aug

Tree vigour  Vigorous
Tree habit  Upright-Spreading
Fruit bearing  Spur-bearer
Cropping Heavy
Disease resistance  Scab: Very resistant
Suitable for Northern Britain
Wet Regions

Pollination date  9
Pollination group  C
Self fertility  Self-sterile
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Progeny  Beauty of BedfordDiscovery (?)Duchess of BedfordExeter CrossMaidstone Favourite (?)