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Bramley's Seedling apple trees

  • Pick: Late-season
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Uses: Cookery | Juicing | Cider 
  • Disease-resistance: Good

Bramley's Seedling is an outstanding English "cooker", and an essential ingredient for anyone interested in cooking with apples.

The reason for its versatility in the kitchen is its very high acid content. As a result it readily cooks down to a stiff but light apple puree - a key requirement for English apple cookery. When cooked it has an excellent tangy sharp flavor which few other apples can match.

The copious juice makes Bramley's Seedling valuable for juicing and hard cider.

Bramley's Seedling trees are well-known for being long-lived. The first tree was grown from a pip in a garden in Nottinghamshire, England, in 1809 - and amazingly this tree still survives.

Order now for fall 2014 (warm zones) or spring 2015.

Bramley's Seedling apple trees for sale

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity
Small  (6ft - 9ft after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - G.11 rootstock  (dwarf) $29.00
Large  (9ft - 12ft after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - G.30 rootstock  (semi-vigorous) $29.00 Sold outalert me

Delivery discounts. Prices are for individual trees excluding delivery. There is no minimum quantity but it is cost effective to order in multiples of 4 trees.

Delivery period: Trees are delivered in March and April. However it is best to order as soon as you can to ensure items are reserved for you. If you live in a warm zone (e.g. Southern California, Alabama etc.) Fall delivery is possible. More details on our spring shipping schedule by state.

*Mature size: Height shown is the approximate height of the tree when mature (after 5-10 years), not the height when supplied. Actual mature heights may vary considerably dependent on your local conditions and training and pruning regime - see our Tree Height Calculator.

Stock availability: Items showing as 'sold out' will probably be available again next season. Click here to be notified when we get more trees of this variety.

Summary features of Bramley's Seedling

    Growing

  • Gardening skill: Average?
  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Fertility: Not self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 3?
  • Pollinating others: Poor?
  • Ploidy: Triploid?
  • Vigour: Very large?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Fruit bearing: Partial tip-bearer?
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening?
  • Attractive blossom
  • Overall disease resistance: Good?
  • Organic / no-spray culture?
  • Long-lived: Yes?
  • Scab: Very resistant?
  • Mildew: Some resistance?
  • Fireblight: Some resistance?
  • Cedar apple rust: Some resistance?
  • Bitter pit: Some susceptibility?

    Uses

  • Picking season: Late?
  • Use / keeping: 3 months or more?
  • Flavour quality: Exceptional?
  • Flavour style: Sharper
  • Good for cooking
  • Good for juice
  • Good for hard cider
  • Cooking result: Puree
  • Drying / Discoloring: Slightly oxidising?
  • Juice style: Sharp (cider)
  • Vitamin C content: High?

    Identification

  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Period of origin: 1800 - 1849
  • Fruit colour: Green
  • Blossom colour: Pink - dark
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Popularity: Best sellers?

    Climate

  • Frost resistance: Susceptible?
  • Temperate climates
  • Tolerates cold winters
  • USDA Zone 4: Yes
  • USDA Zone 5: Yes
  • USDA Zone 6: Yes
  • USDA Zone 7: Yes
  • Cold hardiness: -30F / -34C?


Pollination guide for Bramley's Seedling

Bramley's Seedling is in flowering group 3. Bramley's Seedling is a triploid variety and cannot pollinate other varieties. It needs to be pollinated by another tree of a different variety nearby. You can either plant a self-fertile variety (which will pollinate itself and the Bramley's Seedling) or you can plant two pollination partners which must each be of different varieties and able to cross-pollinate each other as well as the Bramley's Seedling. If you need further advice on this just get in touch. Since it flowers in the middle of the blossom season it can be pollinated by most other apple trees.

How to grow Bramley's Seedling apple trees

Bramley's Seedling is a very vigorous triploid variety - it has three sets of chromosomes rather than the more usual two. Its triploid nature can be seen in the strong dark-coloured leaves, thick branches, and large apples. Bramley's Seedling is quite easy to grow, its great vigour and natural disease resistance means it usually throws off problems fairly easily.

As a triploid variety, Bramley's Seedling is not able to pollinate other apple varieties, but ironically it has attractive and prolific pink-flushed blossom. The fruit ripens late in the season, and stores very well.

Bramley's Seedling is one of the best English apples for growing in North America. Although it thrives in the cool temperate climate of an English summer, it is just as happy in hotter continental climates.



Historical details

Nottinghamshire, England, 1809. The tree was raised from a pip by a young girl, Mary Ann Brailsford. The house, with the mature tree in the garden, was later sold to a Matthew Bramley who allowed cuttings to be propagated. The original tree still survives - and can be seen in a video made by the BBC in 2011 (note the typical English summer weather!).

The new variety was quickly recognised as an outstanding cooking apple and by the end of the Victorian era it was widely planted in England and Northern Ireland, becoming synonymous with English apple cookery. However for the next century it remained little-known outside the UK, since European and North American growers had long preferred dual-purpose apples which could be both eaten fresh and cooked. Latterly with a resurgence in interest in apple cookery it has become well-known amongst North American apple enthusiasts and, 200 years after its birth, this remarkable "cooker" is increasingly recognised as one of the world's great apples varieties.


Botanical name

Malus domestica 'Bramley's Seedling'


Related variety collections

Apple trees for southern California



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