Adams' Pearmain apple trees

Adams' Pearmain apple tree
  • Pick: Late-season (mid-October)
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Uses: Eat fresh 
  • Disease-resistance: Good
  • Pollination partners

Adams' Pearmain is a well-known traditional English apple variety of the Victorian era which remains popular today.

It is known for its rich nutty flavour, and was rated by the Victorian write Hogg as "A dessert apple of first-rate quality".

Adams' Pearmain apple trees for sale

Deliveries start in September 2020

Mature size*Supplied asPriceQuantity

Pot-grown fruit trees

Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years)2-year bush-trained - 12l pot - MM106 rootstock £31.50

Bare-root fruit trees

Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years)1-year - bare-root - MM106 rootstock £18.95
Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years)2-year bush-trained - bare-root - MM106 rootstock £27.95
Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years)Half-standard - bare-root - MM106 rootstock £31.95
Full size  (5m+ after 5-10 years)1-year - bare-root - M25 rootstock £18.95
Full size  (5m+ after 5-10 years)Standard 1.75m - bare-root - M25 rootstock £31.95

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.

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 Adams' Pearmain


  • Gardening skill: Average?
  • Cropping: Good
  • Fertility: Not self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 3?
  • Pollinating others: Poor?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Weak growing?
  • Bearing regularity: Biennial tendency?
  • Fruit bearing: Partial tip-bearer?
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening?
  • Overall disease resistance: Good?


  • Picking season: Late?
  • Use / keeping: 3 months or more?
  • Flavour quality: Good?
  • Flavour style: Sweeter
  • Good for eating fresh
  • Drying / Discoloring: Slightly oxidising?


  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Period of origin: 1800 - 1849
  • Fruit colour: Orange flush
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Popularity: Best sellers?


  • Frost resistance: Good resistance?
  • Temperate climates
  • Tolerates cold winters
  • Mild / damp climates?
  • UK Zone 2 - Northern UK: Yes
  • Cold hardiness: -20F / -29C?
  • Planting position: Full sun preferred

Pollination guide for Adams' Pearmain

Adams' Pearmain is in flowering group 3. Adams' Pearmain is self-sterile and needs to be pollinated by another tree of a different variety nearby. Since it flowers in the middle of the blossom season it can be pollinated by most other apple trees.

How to grow Adams' Pearmain apple trees

Adams' Pearmain is generally easy to grow, and it starts to bear fruit at an early age in the life of the tree. Cropping is good, and it is a good choice for growers in wetter climates.

The main problem to watch out for is a tendency to biennial bearing as the tree gets older - it may develop a pattern of alternate good and bad years. You can either just live with this, or attempt to even it out by over-thinning the fruitlets in the good year.

Historical details

This variety originates either from Norfolk or Herefordshire in the UK. It was first taken to the Horticultural Society of London in 1826 by a Mr Adams, under the name Norfolk Pippin, but subsequently became known as Adams' Pearmain (usually shortened to Adams Pearmain).

The parentage is unknown but Hogg (writing in 1884) notes the similarity with the Hanging Pearmain of Herefordshire.

There is some evidence that Adams' Pearmain is a triploid variety (3 sets of chromosomes instead of the usual 2) or perhaps a partial triploid. However it does not have many of the usual characteristics associated with triploid varieties, such as vigorous growth and large thick leaves.

Botanical name

Malus domestica 'Adams' Pearmain'

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