Isaac Newton's Tree apple trees

Isaac Newton's Tree
  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Picking season: Late
  • Keeping (of fruit): 1-2 months
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 5
  • Uses: Cooking
  • Uses: Traditional cooker

Every school student knows that Sir Isaac Newton had the inspiration for his theory of gravity when sitting under an apple tree and pondering why apples fall. This lovely story, which was related by Newton himself to several correspondents, occurred in the summer of 1666 - about 350 years ago.

What is perhaps less well-known is that the variety of apple which the famous scientist saw falling from the tree has been positively identified. The incident is known to have taken place in his garden at Woolsthorpe Manor in Lincolnshire, England - and fortunately there was only one apple tree in the garden. It was subsequently identified as a very old English variety (not surprisingly) called Flower of Kent.

Even more remarkably, this apple tree, which must surely be the most important in the history of science, is still alive. The tree appears to have blown over several times in its life, but each time has re-grown from the roots.

As might be expected of a variety from this period, Flower of Kent is a large sharp-tasting cooking apple with juicy crisp flesh.

Many cuttings have since been taken from the famous scientist's tree, and it is a popular variety in the grounds of university physics departments around the world. We propagate from cuttings taken from a tree originally obtained by the USDA Geneva research station.

Isaac Newton's Tree apple trees for sale

Item
Mature height*
Price
Quantity
1-year Isaac Newton's Tree apple trees bare-root
G.11 rootstock
Small (6ft-9ft) mature height
$29.00
1-year Isaac Newton's Tree apple trees bare-root
Medium (8ft-12ft) mature height
$29.00
Out of stock

*Find out more about the apple rootstocks we use to control the mature height.


How to grow

Sir Isaac Newton's tree - Flower of Kent - is unusually late-flowering, so is a useful variety in areas subject to late spring frosts, but make sure you have another late-bloom variety to pollinate it.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

Historical details

Flower of Kent is an old English culinary apple variety, dating back to the early 17th century.

Isaac Newton's Tree characteristics

Using

  • Picking season: Late
  • Uses: Cooking Traditional cooker
  • Cropping: Good
  • Keeping (of fruit): 1-2 months
  • Flavor style (apples): Sharper

Growing

  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 5
  • Pollinating others: Average
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Average vigour
  • Bearing regularity: Regular
  • Fruit bearing: Partial tip-bearer

Disease resistance

  • General resistance: Average

Climate

  • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20C - 24C / 68F - 75F) Cold (< 20C / 67F)

Identification

  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Period of origin: 1600 - 1649
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