Apple - Ashmead's Kernel

Ashmead's Kernel Apple

Malus domestica
A classic old English variety with an intense sweet-sharp, good keeping quality and very attractive blossom.

Origin: Gloucestershire UK 1700

Pollination:  Ashmead's Kernel is self-sterile and would require a pollinator to produce a crop. Show suitable pollination partners

A guide to choosing Apple Trees

Ashmead's Kernel 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
M27 - Very dwarfing   1 year Maiden
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M9 - Dwarfing   1 year Maiden
M9 - Dwarfing   2 years Cordon
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M26 - Semi-dwarfing   1 year Maiden
M26 - Semi-dwarfing   2 years Bush
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MM106 - Semi-vigorous   1 year Espalier (1 tier)
MM106 - Semi-vigorous   1 year Espalier (1 tier) *Reduced Price*
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MM106 - Semi-vigorous   1 year Maiden
MM106 - Semi-vigorous   2 years Espalier (2 Tier)
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MM106 - Semi-vigorous   2 years Half Standard
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M25 - Very vigorous   1 year Maiden
M25 - Very vigorous   2 years Standard
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M25 - Very vigorous   2 years Straight Leader
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History and description of Ashmead's Kernel

Raised in Gloucester by Dr Ashmead c 1700 . Won RHS Award of Merit 1969 and First Class Certificate in 1981. Never Grown Commercially more than on a very small scale because of erratic cropping and dull colour.

Medium sized, flat-round, slightly ribbed fruit. Pale greenish yellow skin with patches of fine russet and occasionally brownish red flush. White, firm, juicy flesh. Strong, distinctive, sweet-sharp acid-drop flavour. Regarded by many as one of the finest flavoured apples. Excellent keeper.

Upright tree of moderate vigour. Very attractive blossom. Irregular cropping. Prone to bitter pit but resistant to scab and mildew.

Main characteristics of Ashmead's Kernel

Use Dessert
Colour Russet
Flavour Aromatic
Fruit size  Medium
Picking time  Early/Mid Oct
Season of use  Dec-Feb

Tree vigour  Moderate
Tree habit  Upright-Spreading
Fruit bearing  Spur-bearer
Cropping Erratic
Disease resistance  Scab: Resistant
Mildew: Resistant
Suitable for Northern Britain
Special features Attractive Blossom
Good for Cider

Pollination date  14
Pollination group  D
Self fertility  Self-sterile Triploid
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