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Bardsey

Ther 'sainted' apple was found as an ancient tree on the Island of Bardsey (Ynys Enlli) off the coast North Wales

Origin: Wales UK, 1998

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

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

Bardsey Island known in Welsh as Ynys Enlli is a small Island off the coast of the Llyn peninsula in North Wales. The island has a long history dating back to Celtic times as a place of pilgrimage. In 1998 an ornithologist called Andy Clarke while catch passing birds in order to ring them picked some windfall apples from under a gnarled old tree to use as bait. As the apples looked interesting he took some to his friend Ian Sturrock an expert on old orchards. Samples were sent to the National Fruit Collection at Brogdale in Kent where Dr Joan Morgan the country's leading apple expert and historian declared it as a hitherto unknown variety. Thus Bardsey apple was discovered and named.

It is medium sized round conical fruit which is ribbed and five crowned. It is attractive with bold pink stripes over a cream coloured skin. Useful both as dessert and culinary apple. It has a distinctive lemon scent and a fine refreshing flavour. It cooks to a delicate light fluff needing little sugar.

The original tree and fruit on Bardsley Island were found to have no sign of disease. In particular there was no sign of scab or canker both of which are widespread in the humid climate of North Wales. So far all signs are that Bardsey is resistant to both these diseases.

More information can be found on the Bardsey Apple Website

Characteristics of Bardsey apple trees

UseDual Cul & Des
ColourFlushed
FlavourSubacid
Fruit sizeMedium
Picking timeSept
Season of useSept-Nov
Tree vigourModerate
Tree habitUpright-spreading
Fruit-bearingSpur-bearer
CroppingGood
Disease resistanceScab - Resistant
Canker - Resistant
Pollination date0
Pollination groupC
Self-fertilitySelf-sterile
PollinatorsPollination partners