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Bramley 20 apple trees

Bramley's Seedling is the definitive English "cooker". However it is an extremely vigorous variety, producing a tree that is substantially larger than all other apple varieties (only Blenheim Orange comes close).

Bramley 20 is a sport of Bramley's Seedling which happens to produce a tree which is naturally about 20% smaller, making it more suitable for the garden.

Bramley 20 is a valuable alternative to the regular Bramley's Seedling at both ends of the size scale. You can use it on dwarfing rootstocks, allowing you to grow Bramley apples in a small space. You can also use it on semi-vigorous rootstocks to produce a free-standing tree which is still not too large.

Another advantage is that if you are planting several apple trees together, you probably want them to be about the same mature size on any given rootstock. A regular Bramley's Seedling will become much larger than the others whereas Bramley 20 will have similar proportions to the other trees.

Although the tree is smaller, the apples are the same size as the regular Bramley's Seedling.

Bramley 20 apple trees for sale

Pot-grown

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

  • PG12-year bush-trained 11.5L pot-grown tree M27 rootstock £42.00
    Very small tree (< 1.7m after 10 years)
  • PG2Premium cordon 12L pot-grown tree M9 rootstock £43.50
    Small tree (1.5m-2.5m after 10 years)
  • PG32-year bush-trained 12L pot-grown tree M26 rootstock £39.50
    Medium tree (2m-3m after 10 years)
  • PG42-year bush-trained 12L pot-grown tree MM106 rootstock £39.50
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
  • PG5Espalier 12L pot-grown tree MM106 rootstock £59.50
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
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  • PG6Fan-trained 12L pot-grown tree MM106 rootstock £59.50
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
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Bare-root

  • BR11-year bare-root tree M9 rootstock £19.95
    Small tree (1.5m-2.5m after 10 years)
  • BR22-year bush-trained bare-root tree M9 rootstock £29.95
    Small tree (1.5m-2.5m after 10 years)
    Out of stock
  • BR3Cordon-trained bare-root tree M9 rootstock £33.95
    Small tree (1.5m-2.5m after 10 years)
  • BR41-year bare-root tree M26 rootstock £19.95
    Medium tree (2m-3m after 10 years)
  • BR52-year bush-trained bare-root tree M26 rootstock £29.95
    Medium tree (2m-3m after 10 years)
  • BR61-year bare-root tree M116 rootstock £19.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
  • BR71-year bare-root tree MM106 rootstock £19.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)

How to grow

Bramley 20 retains most of the horticultural characteristics of Bramley's Seedling, but produces a tree approximately 20% smaller on any given rootstock than Bramley's Seedling. It is quite easy to grow but like Bramley's Seedling it is a triploid and needs 2 separate compatible pollination partners although in most suburban environments you can usually assume there will be suitable varieties in the neighbourhood. See our page on Bramley's Seedling for more details of suitable pollination partners.

The pink-flushed white blossom is prolific and attractive. The fruit ripens late in the season, and stores very well.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

History

Developed in the UK in the 1970s, a compact sport of Bramley's Seedling.

Bramley 20 characteristics

Using

  • Picking monthSeptember
  • CroppingHeavy
  • Picking seasonLate
  • Keeping (of fruit)3 months or more
  • Fruit persistenceNormal ripening
  • Flavour qualityVery good
  • WildlifeRHS perfect for pollinators
  • Flavour style (apples)Sharper
  • Food usesCulinaryJuiceHard ciderTraditional cooker
  • Cooking resultPuree
  • Discoloration of fruitSlightly oxidising (browns slowly)Oxidising
  • Juice styleSharper
  • Juice colourPale yellow
  • Vitamin C contentHigh

Growing

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Flowering group3
  • Pollinating othersPoor
  • PloidyTriploid
  • VigourSlightly large
  • PrecocityPrecocious
  • Bearing regularityRegular
  • Fruit bearingPartial tip-bearer
  • LongevityLong-lived

Problems

  • Disease resistanceGood
  • FireblightSome resistance
  • MildewSome resistance
  • ScabVery resistant
  • Bitter pitSome susceptibility

Climate

  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climatesMild damp climatesWarm climates
  • Cold-hardinessCold-hardy
  • Cold hardiness (USDA)(4) -30F / -34C
  • Summer average maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)Hot (>30C / 86F)Cold (< 20C / 67F)

Identification

  • Country of originUnited Kingdom
  • Period of origin1950 - 1999
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Flesh colourWhite
  • Fruit colourGreen / Red
  • Fruit sizeLarge