Bloody Ploughman apple trees

Bloody Ploughman apple tree
  • Pick: Mid-season (mid-September)
  • Flowering group: 4
  • Uses: Cookery | Juicing | Cider 
  • Pollination partners

There are numerous stories about the origins of this well-known Scottish apple. In essence the variety arose as a seedling, allegedly near the grave of a ploughman who had been shot by a gamekeeper for stealing apples (or perhaps something more valuable). The knobbly skin is indeed a crimson-red colour, and this is also a variety where the flesh can sometimes be stained red as well.

Bloody Ploughman is often considered an eating apple in Scotland, but south of the border tends to be regarded as a cooker!

Bloody Ploughman apple trees for sale

Delivery from week commmencing 6th April (when showing as in stock)

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Bare-root fruit trees

Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years)1-year - bare-root - MM106 rootstock £18.95Sold outalert me
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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 Bloody Ploughman


  • Gardening skill: Average?
  • Cropping: Good
  • Fertility: Not self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 4?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Slightly large?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer?
  • Overall disease resistance: Average?



  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
    Carse of Gowrie, Scotland
  • Period of origin: 1850 - 1899
  • Fruit colour: Red / Green
  • Blossom colour: Pink - light
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Popularity: Rarely grown?


  • Temperate climates
  • Tolerates cold winters
  • Mild / damp climates?
  • Planting position: Tolerates partial shade

Pollination guide for Bloody Ploughman

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

Historical details

Bloody Ploughman originates from the area around Megginch in the Carse of Gowrie in eastern Scotland. It was first recorded in 1883, and it is rumoured that the original tree is still alive.

The Carse of Gowrie is an area of high quality agricultural land between the towns of Perth and Dundee. It has long been associated with fruit-growing, and has one of the best climates in Scotland, with a combination of low rainfall and good levels of sunshine. Whilst the ancestry of Bloody Ploughman is unknown, the story suggests it is most likely a seedling of a local variety.

Botanical name

Malus domestica 'Bloody Ploughman'

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