Spring 2014 - pot-grown fruit treesPot-grown fruit trees are now available, and can be planted out over Easter and throughout April and May. 

Ashmead's Kernel apple trees

RHS AGM for Ashmead's Kernel
  • Pick: Late-season
  • Flowering group: 4
  • Uses: Eat fresh | Juicing 
  • Disease-resistance: Good

Ashmeads Kernel is a very old traditional English russet apple. It remains popular for its distinctive pear-like flavour which is quite different from most other apple varieties.

Although often considered as a connoisseur's dessert apple, Ashmead's Kernel is actually quite versatile. It can be used for cooking, or sliced in savoury salads, and it keeps very well in a cold store.

Ashmead's Kernel is also becoming increasingly recognised for its juice, which adds an interesting fruity component to cider blends.

Order now for delivery week commencing 21st April 2014.

Ashmead's Kernel apple trees for sale

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity

Pot-grown fruit trees  (Deliveries Sept 2013 - April 2014)

Very small  (1.5m - 2m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - 12l pot - M27 rootstock £28.45
Medium  (2.2m - 3m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - 12l pot - M26 rootstock £27.95
Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - 12l pot - MM106 rootstock £27.95

Bare-root fruit trees  (Deliveries Dec 2013 -March 2014)

Very small  (1.5m - 2m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - M27 rootstock £17.95 Sold outalert me
Small  (1.8m - 2.5m after 5-10 years) 1-year bush-trained - bare-root - M9 rootstock £17.45 Sold outalert me
Small  (1.8m - 2.5m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - bare-root - M9 rootstock £23.45 Sold outalert me
Medium  (2.2m - 3m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - M26 rootstock £17.45 Sold outalert me
Medium  (2.2m - 3m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - bare-root - M26 rootstock £24.95 Sold outalert me
Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - MM106 rootstock £17.45 Sold outalert me
Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - bare-root - MM106 rootstock £24.95 Sold outalert me
Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) Half-standard - bare-root - MM106 rootstock £25.95 Sold outalert me
Full size  (5m+ after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - M25 rootstock £17.95 Sold outalert me
Full size  (5m+ after 5-10 years) Standard 1.75m - bare-root - M25 rootstock £26.45 Sold outalert me

Pot-grown cordon fruit trees  (Deliveries Sept 2013 - April 2014)

Small  (1.8m - 2.5m after 5-10 years) Cordon premium - 12l pot - M9 rootstock £26.95

Bare-root cordon fruit trees  (Deliveries Dec 2013 -March 2014)

Small  (1.8m - 2.5m after 5-10 years) Cordon - bare-root - M9 rootstock £21.95 Sold outalert me

Trained fruit trees - pot-grown  (Deliveries Sept 2013 - April 2014)

Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) Espalier 2-tier -12l pot - MM106 rootstock £48.00 Sold outalert me
Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) Fan 4-arm -12l pot - MM106 rootstock less than 5 in stock £48.00

Delivery period: Pot-grown trees can be delivered from September onwards. Bare-root trees can be delivered from mid-November onwards. Within those periods you can specify your preferred month of delivery during the checkout process. It is best to order as soon as you can to ensure items are reserved for you.

*Mature size: Height shown is the approximate height of the tree when mature (after 5-10 years), not the height when supplied. See photos of trees as 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.

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Summary features of Ashmead's Kernel

    Growing

  • Gardening skill: Average?
  • Cropping: Light
  • Fertility: Not self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 4?
  • Pollinating others: Poor?
  • Ploidy: Triploid?
  • Vigour: Average growth?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Growth habit: Upright
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer?
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening?
  • Attractive blossom
  • Overall disease resistance: Good?
  • Organic / no-spray culture?
  • Scab: Some resistance?
  • Mildew: Some resistance?
  • Cedar apple rust: Some resistance?
  • Bitter pit: Some susceptibility?

    Identification

  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Period of origin: 1700 - 1749
  • Fruit colour: Russet
  • Blossom colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • RHS AGM: RHS AGM
  • Popularity: Best sellers?


Pollination guide for Ashmead's Kernel

Ashmead's Kernel is in flowering group 4. Ashmead's Kernel 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 Ashmead's Kernel) 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 Ashmead's Kernel. If you need further advice on this just get in touch.

How to grow Ashmead's Kernel apple trees

Ashmead's Kernel is quite easy to grow, and perhaps because it is such an ancient variety, it is relatively disease resistant. It can be a light cropper and this usually caused by poor pollination at blossom time - planting another late-flowering apple tree or crab-apple tree nearby is a good idea.



Historical details

Originated in England in the 1700s, probably in Gloucestershire.


Botanical name

Malus domestica Ashmead's Kernel


Related variety collections

English heritage apple trees, Apples trees for Cider / Juice, Russet apple trees



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