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

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".

Order now for delivery week commencing 28th April 2014.

Cornish Gilliflower apple trees for sale

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity

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

Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - MM106 rootstock £19.95 Sold outalert me
Full size  (5m+ after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - M25 rootstock £19.95 Sold outalert me

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.

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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