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Brown's Apple cider apple trees

Malus domestica
Brown's Apple
Brown's Apple is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Picking season: Late
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Flowering group: 5
Brown's Apple is a traditional English cider apple variety producing a sharp juice.
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You can pre-order now, deliveries start in September.

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.

Brown's Apple is a widely-grown traditional Devon cider apple variety, producing a bittersharp juice, primarily used in cider blends.

As well as being useful for cider production, Brown's Apple can be used as a cooker - it has a fruity sharp flavour.

How to grow

Brown's Apple originates from Staverton in Devon. As a result it makes a good choice for areas with mild damp climates, and has a good reputation for resistance to the fungal infections that often blight cider orchards.

Brown's flowers very late in the spring, and is a good pollinator of other late-flowering apple varieties since it typically produces a lot of blossom.

One of the key qualities of a good cider variety is cropping potential - and Brown's scores highly. It is a naturally vigorous tree and very heavy-cropping.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.


Brown's Apple was raised at the Hill Nursery in Staverton, Devon, in the early 20th century.

Brown's Apple characteristics


  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Flowering group5
  • Pollinating othersGood
  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climatesMild damp climates


  • Picking seasonLate
  • CroppingHeavy
  • Keeping (of fruit)2-3 weeks
  • Food usesHard cider


  • Disease resistanceGood


  • Country of originUnited Kingdom
  • Period of origin1900 - 1949
  • Fruit colourOrange / Red