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

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Ashmead's Kernel Apple Trees for sale - order online

We supply trees and plants only during the winter planting season from late November to mid March. Orders placed now will not be be delivered until the winter planting season. You will not be required to pay until October but by ordering now you can ensure that the items are reserved for you and supplied as early as possible when we resume delveries in late November.
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 Availability Price Qty required
M27 - Very dwarfing   1 year Maiden Sold out £17.50
M9 - Dwarfing   1 year Maiden Available £17.50
M9 - Dwarfing   2 years Cordon Sold out £26.50
M26 - Semi-dwarfing   1 year Maiden Available £17.50
M26 - Semi-dwarfing   2 years Bush Available £28.50
MM106 - Semi-vigorous   1 year Espalier (1 tier) Available £26.00
MM106 - Semi-vigorous   1 year Maiden Available £17.50
MM106 - Semi-vigorous   2 years Espalier (2 Tier) Available £48.50
MM106 - Semi-vigorous   2 years Half Standard Available £28.50
M25 - Very vigorous   1 year Maiden Available £17.50
M25 - Very vigorous   2 years Standard Available £28.50

The availability information shown in the availability column in the table is always up-to-date.
Available means Available for supply from Nov 2018 to March 2019
2019/20 means Sold out but available for supply winter 2019/20. Orders taken from May 2019
Sold out means Sold out for supply Nov 2018 to March 2019. May be available again winter 2019/20


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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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