Apple - Bardesy

Bardsey Apple

Malus domestica
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. Show suitable pollination partners

A guide to choosing Apple Trees

Bardsey 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
M9 - Dwarfing   1 year Maiden
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MM106 - Semi-vigorous   1 year Maiden
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M25 - Very vigorous   1 year Maiden

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

Main characteristics of Bardsey

Use Dual Cul & Des
Colour Flushed
Flavour Subacid
Fruit size  Medium
Picking time  Sept
Season of use  Sept-Nov

Tree vigour  Moderate
Tree habit  Upright-Spreading
Fruit bearing  Spur-bearer
Cropping Good
Disease resistance  Scab: Resistant
Canker: Resistant

Pollination group  C
Self fertility  Self-sterile
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Other names  Apal Ynys Enlli