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Bramley's Seedling

Bramley's Seedling
Bramley's Seedling has received the RHS Award of Garden MeritBramley's Seedling is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators

Bramley's Seedling is the definitive English "cooker" - an apple variety used mainly for cooking purposes. Bramley is well-known for its rich sharp acidity - it has one of the highest acid contents of any apple variety. As a result it cooks down to a stiff but light apple puree, a key requirement for English apple cookery, with an excellent sharp flavour.

The copious juice makes Bramley's Seedling valuable for juicing as well, and the juice can also be used in cider production.

The apples ripen fairly late in the season, and store well.

Bramley's Seedling trees are well-known for being large and long-lived. The first tree was grown from a pip in a garden in Nottinghamshire in 1809 - and amazingly this tree still survives. Some of our Bramley trees have been propagated from a tree which was in turn propagated in 2005 directly from this original tree - these are listed as "original".

Bio / Organic  fruit trees

Bramley's Seedling organic apple trees - graft to order

  • 11-year tree on M9 rootstock 24.95€
    Small tree (1.5m-2.5m after 10 years)
  • 21-year tree on MM111 rootstock 24.95€
    Large tree (3m-5m after 10 years)
  • 31-year tree on Franc rootstock 24.95€
    Very large tree (5m-6m+ after 10 years)
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Growing and Training

Despite its origins in the mild wet climate of the UK, Bramley's Seedling has a wide climate range and grows well in warmer climates.

Bramley's Seedling characteristics

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Flowering group3
  • Pollinating othersPoor
  • PloidyTriploid
  • Fruit bearingPartial tip-bearer
  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climatesMild damp climatesWarm climates
  • Picking periodearly October
  • Picking seasonLate
  • Season of use3 months or more
  • CroppingHeavy
  • Food usesCulinaryJuiceHard ciderTraditional cooker
  • ScabVery resistant
  • MildewSome resistance
  • Fire blightSome resistance
  • Country of originUnited Kingdom
  • Period of origin1800 - 1849
  • Flesh colourWhite
  • Fruit colourGreen / Red
  • Fruit sizeLarge