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Beauty of Bath apple trees

Beauty of Bath

Beauty of Bath is a very attractive early-season English apple. It ripens at the start of August in southern England.

The flesh has a good flavour for such an early variety. As with all early-season apples, the timing of picking has quite an influence on the flavour, which can go from a mildly sharp to sweeter as it ripens.

Beauty of Bath apples tend to fall from the tree as soon as they are ripe. They are best picked and eaten on the same day. If you have a surplus then try juicing them, the juice will have an attractive pink tinge.

The characteristic flattened shape and pretty red-flushed colouring are also found in its well-known descendant Discovery. Another common characteristic is the way the red skin will bleed into the flesh in both apples.

Beauty of Bath apple trees for sale

Bare-root

  • BR11-year bare-root tree MM106 rootstock £19.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
  • BR22-year bush-trained bare-root tree MM106 rootstock £29.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
  • BR32-year half-standard bare-root tree MM106 rootstock £34.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
  • BR42-year (1.75m) bare-root tree M25 rootstock £34.95
    Very large tree (4m-7m after 10 years)
    Out of stock

How to grow

Beauty of Bath is easy to grow in any part of the UK. It makes a good choice for wetter climates because it is very resistant to scab, a major disease of apples which is more prevalent in mild damp conditions.

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History

Beauty of Bath originates from Bath, Somerset. It was introduced in the 1860s and was for a time an important early-season commercial variety, although it is now mainly grown in gardens.

Beauty of Bath characteristics

Growing

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Flowering group3
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • Fruit bearingSpur-bearer
  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climatesMild damp climates

Using

  • Picking seasonVery early
  • CroppingHeavy
  • Keeping (of fruit)1-3 days
  • Food usesEating fresh
  • Flavour style (apples)Sharper

Problems

  • Disease resistanceGood
  • ScabVery resistant
  • CankerSome resistance
  • MildewSome resistance

Climate

    Identification

    • Country of originUnited Kingdom
    • Period of origin1850 - 1899
    • Fruit colourRed

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