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Cornish Gilliflower apple trees

  • Pick: Very late-season
  • Flowering group: 4
  • Uses: Eat fresh 
  • Disease-resistance: Good

Cornish Gillyflower originates from the county of Cornwall. It was discovered in the early 19th century and quickly established a reputation as one of the highest quality apples available in Victorian England.

In the words of Victorian pomologist Robert Hogg it is "remarkable for its rich and aromatic flavour".

Cornish Gilliflower 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.

Summary features of Cornish Gilliflower

    Growing

  • Gardening skill: Average?
  • Cropping: Good
  • Fertility: Not self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 4?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Average growth?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Fruit bearing: Partial tip-bearer?
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening?
  • Attractive blossom
  • Overall disease resistance: Good?

    Uses

  • Picking season: Very late?
  • Use / keeping: 3 months or more?
  • Flavour quality: Very good?
  • Flavour style: Aromatic
  • Good for eating fresh
  • Drying / Discoloring: Oxidising?

    Identification

  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Period of origin: 1800 - 1849
  • Fruit colour: Green
  • Blossom colour: Pink - light
  • Leaf colour: Green

    Climate

  • Temperate climates
  • Tolerates cold winters
  • Cold hardiness: -20F / -29C?


Pollination guide for Cornish Gilliflower

Cornish Gilliflower is in flowering group 4. Cornish Gilliflower is self-sterile and needs to be pollinated by another tree of a different variety nearby.

How to grow Cornish Gilliflower apple trees

Cornwall experiences mild winters and summers which are warm but not necessarily hot. Cornish Gillyflower has some natural resistance to scab, a disease which likes these conditions. It is a moderately vigorous tree, fairly easy to grow although not especially heavy-cropping.

It is slightly unusual in being a tip-bearer - the apples are borne on the ends of the previous year's shoots. It is therefore best to keep pruning to a minimum to avoid pruning off next season's fruit buds.



Historical details

Discovered by Sir Christopher Hawkins near the town of Truro, Cornwall, England and introduced in 1813. The word "gillyflower" or "gilliflower" or "July flower" are corruptions of the French word "girofle" meaning cloves - a reference to the clove-like scent of the blossom of this apple variety.


Botanical name

Malus domestica 'Cornish Gilliflower'


Related variety collections

Apple trees for Devon and Cornwall



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