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Braeburn apple trees

Braeburn is one of the most important commercial apple varieties, grown in all the major warm-climate apple producing areas of the world. It has a very good flavour when grown in the right conditions, and stores extremely well.

There are numerous different sports or clones of Braeburn - these arise as natural mutations and are favoured by commercial growers because they usually more highly coloured in areas with less sunshine such as the UK. The best-known in the UK are 'Mariri Red', 'Helena' and 'Hillwell' (which we supply). The latter two are considered early ripening - although that still means late October or early November in UK conditions.

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Braeburn 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)
    Out of stock
  • 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

  • BR12-year bush-trained bare-root tree M9 rootstock £29.95
    Small tree (1.5m-2.5m after 10 years)
  • BR2Spindlebush bare-root tree M9 rootstock £29.95
    Small tree (1.5m-2.5m after 10 years)
  • BR31-year bare-root tree M26 rootstock £19.95
    Medium tree (2m-3m after 10 years)
  • BR42-year bush-trained bare-root tree M26 rootstock £29.95
    Medium tree (2m-3m after 10 years)
  • BR51-year bare-root tree MM106 rootstock £19.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)

How to grow

Braeburn is generally an easy variety to grow, but it needs a long growing season. It is particularly well-suited to the intense sunlight of the southern hemisphere. It should be successful in the southern UK, and does very well in France and Italy. The tree will grow quite happily further north, but the apples may not ripen in a shorter growing season.

It is self-fertile and does not necessarily need a pollination partner to produce apples, and is a good pollinator for other varieties that flower at the same time.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

History

Braeburn was discovered in New Zealand in the 1950s, and is possibly a seedling of Lady Hamilton. It is popularly thought to be related to Granny Smith, but the relationship - if any - has never been proven.

Braeburn characteristics

Using

  • CroppingGood
  • Picking seasonVery late
  • Keeping (of fruit)3 months or more
  • Flavour qualityGood
  • WildlifeRHS perfect for pollinators
  • Flavour style (apples)Aromatic
  • Food usesEating fresh
  • Discoloration of fruitOxidising
  • Vitamin C contentMedium

Growing

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilitySelf-fertile
  • Flowering group4
  • VigourAverage vigour
  • PrecocityPrecocious
  • Bearing regularityRegular
  • Fruit bearingSpur-bearer

Problems

  • Disease resistanceAverage
  • FireblightSome susceptibility
  • MildewSome susceptibility
  • ScabSome susceptibility

Climate

  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climatesWarm climates
  • Cold hardiness (USDA)(6) -10F / -23C(7) 0F / -18C(8) 10F / -12C(9) 20F / -7C(10) 30F / -1C
  • Summer average maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)

Identification

  • Country of originNew Zealand
  • Period of origin1950 - 1999
  • Leaf colourGreen
  • Fruit colourOrange / Red