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Bloody Ploughman apple trees

Malus domestica
Bloody Ploughman
Bloody Ploughman is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators
An old Scottish apple variety, named for the crimson-red colour of its skin and stained flesh.
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Bloody Ploughman apple trees for sale


All pot-grown trees are suitable for planting out in the garden, some are suitable for growing in containers.

  • PG12-year bush-trained 12L pot-grown tree MM106 rootstock £50.50
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)


  • BR11-year bare-root tree MM106 rootstock £29.50
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
  • BR22-year bush-trained bare-root tree MM106 rootstock £37.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
  • BR32-year bare-root tree MM106 rootstock £38.25
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
  • BR42-year half-standard bare-root tree MM106 rootstock £42.00
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
Next deliveries

Pre-order now for delivery from September onwards for pot grown trees or December for bare-root trees and mixed orders.

Delivery charges

Delivery for a single tree starts at £9.95. It is calculated when you add trees to your basket, based on your postcode.

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 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.

Bloody Ploughman characteristics


  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Flowering group4
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • PloidyDiploid
  • Fruit bearingSpur-bearer
  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climatesMild damp climates
  • WildlifeRHS Plants for Pollinators


  • Picking seasonMid
  • CroppingGood
  • Keeping (of fruit)1-2 months
  • Food usesCulinaryJuiceHard cider
  • Flavour style (apples)Sharper


  • Disease resistanceAverage


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

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