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 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.
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.