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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 the definitive English "cooker" - an apple variety used mainly for cooking purposes (although many customers like to eat them fresh as well).

Bramley is well-known for its rich sharp acidity - it has one of the highest acid contents of any apple variety. As a result it cooks down to a stiff but light apple puree, a key requirement for English apple cookery, with an excellent sharp flavour.

The copious juice makes Bramley's Seedling valuable for juicing as well, and the juice can also be used in cider production.

Bramley's Seedling trees are well-known for being large and long-lived. The first tree was grown from a pip in a garden in Nottinghamshire in 1809 - and amazingly this tree still survives. Some of our Bramley trees have been propagated from a tree which was in turn propagated in 2005 directly from this original tree - these are listed as "original".

Order now for delivery week commencing 1st September 2014.

Bramley's Seedling apple trees for sale

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity

Pot-grown fruit trees  (Deliveries Sept 2014 - April 2015)

Very small  (1.5m - 2m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - 12l pot - M27 rootstock £28.45
Very small  (1.5m - 2m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - 12l pot - M27 rootstock  "Original" £28.45
Small  (1.8m - 2.5m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - 12l pot - M9 rootstock £27.95
Medium  (2.2m - 3m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - 12l pot - M26 rootstock £27.95
Medium  (2.2m - 3m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - 12l pot - M26 rootstock  "Original" £27.95
Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - 12l pot - MM106 rootstock £27.95
Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) Half-standard premium - 12l pot - MM106 rootstock £33.95

Bare-root fruit trees  (Deliveries November 2014 - February 2015)

Very small  (1.5m - 2m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - M27 rootstock  "Original" £17.95
Small  (1.8m - 2.5m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - M9 rootstock £17.95
Small  (1.8m - 2.5m after 5-10 years) Knip boom - bare-root - M9 rootstock £19.95
Medium  (2.2m - 3m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - M26 rootstock £17.45
Medium  (2.2m - 3m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - bare-root - M26 rootstock £24.95
Large  (2.5m - 3.5m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - M116 rootstock £17.45
Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - MM106 rootstock £17.45
Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - bare-root - MM106 rootstock £24.95
Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) Half-standard - bare-root - MM106 rootstock £25.95
Full size  (5m+ after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - M25 rootstock £17.95
Full size  (5m+ after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - M25 rootstock  "Original" £17.95
Full size  (5m+ after 5-10 years) Standard 1.75m - bare-root - M25 rootstock  "Original" £26.45

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 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
  • UK Zone 2 - Northern UK: Yes
  • UK Zone 3 - Southern UK: 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.

We also offer an alternative selection known as Bramley 20 which is about 20% less vigourous than Bramley's Seedling, and therefore produces a smaller tree which is better suited for smaller gardens. The apples are the same size.

Bramley's Seedling is one of the best English apples for growing in continental Europe. 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

Apples trees for Cider / Juice, Top 10 English and Scottish cooking apples, Apple trees for southern Europe



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