Braeburn apple trees

  • Pick: Very late-season
  • Flowering group: 4
  • Self-fertile
  • Uses: Eat fresh 

Braeburn is one of the most important commercial apple varieties, grown in all the major warm-climate apple producing areas of the world. It has a very good flavor when grown in the right conditions, and keeps well.

Braeburn apple trees for sale

Sorry we have not been able to produce any trees of this variety this season.

We may still be able to propagate it to order for you. Please contact us for more details.

Alternatives to Braeburn apple trees

Summary features of Braeburn


  • Gardening skill: Average?
  • Cropping: Good
  • Fertility: Self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 4?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Average growth?
  • Precocity: Precocious?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer?
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening?
  • Overall disease resistance: Average
    Susceptible to fireblight?
  • Scab: Some susceptibility?
  • Mildew: Some susceptibility?
  • Fireblight: Some susceptibility?
  • Woolly aphid: Some susceptibility
  • Cedar apple rust: Very susceptible?



  • Country of origin: New Zealand
  • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999
  • Fruit colour: Orange / Red
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Popularity: Best sellers?


  • Warm climates?
  • Temperate climates
    Requires sunny aspect to ripen properly
  • Low-chill requirement
    A borderline case - only needs about 700 hours
  • USDA Zone 4: No
    Will grow but unlikely to ripen
  • USDA Zone 5: No
    Will grow but unlikely to ripen
  • USDA Zone 6: Yes
  • USDA Zone 7: Yes
  • USDA Zone 8: Yes
  • USDA Zone 9: No
    Not suitable for southern California, southern Texas etc.
  • Cold hardiness: -10F / -23C?

Pollination guide for Braeburn

Braeburn is in flowering group 4. Braeburn is self-fertile and does not need a pollination partner, although fruiting may be improved if there is a compatible tree of a different variety nearby.

How to grow Braeburn apple trees

Braeburn is generally an easy variety to grow, but it needs a long growing season. It does well in most areas where there is plenty of autumn sunshine. Although essentially a warm climate variety, it does not like excessive mid-summer heat.

Being a commercial variety, it is well-suited to the more dwarfing rootstocks such as M9 and B9.

Braeburn and most of its sports are self-fertile and do not necessarily need a pollination partner.

Historical details

Discovered in New Zealand in the 1950s, possibly a seedling of Lady Hamilton. Braeburn is popularly thought to be related to Granny Smith, but the relationship - if any - has never been proven.

Botanical name

Malus domestica 'Braeburn'