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Ashmead's Kernel apple trees

Malus domestica
Ashmead's Kernel
Ashmead's Kernel has received the RHS Award of Garden MeritAshmead's Kernel is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Flowering group: 4

Ashmeads Kernel is a very old traditional English russet apple. It remains popular for its distinctive pear-like flavour which is quite different from most other apple varieties.

As well as eating fresh it can also be used for cooking, or sliced in savoury salads, and it keeps very well in a cold store.

Ashmead's Kernel is also prized for its juice, which adds an interesting fruity component to cider blends.

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Ashmead's Kernel organic apple trees for sale

  • 1Maidentree on M9 rootstock 19.45€
    Small tree (1.5m-2.5m after 10 years) Bare-root
  • 2Maidentree on M116 rootstock 19.45€
    Medium tree (2m-3.5m after 10 years) Bare-root
  • 3Maidentree on MM111 rootstock 19.45€
    Large tree (3m-5m after 10 years) Bare-root
  • 4Maidentree on Bittenfelder rootstock 19.45€
    Very large tree (5m-6m+ after 10 years) Bare-root
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Growing and Training

Ashmead's Kernel is quite easy to grow, and perhaps because it is such an ancient variety, it is relatively disease resistant. It can be a light cropper and this usually caused by poor pollination at blossom time - planting another late-flowering apple tree or crab-apple tree nearby is a good idea.


Ashmead's Kernel characteristics

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Flowering group4
  • Pollinating othersPoor
  • PloidyTriploid
  • Fruit bearingSpur-bearer
  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climatesMild damp climates
  • Picking periodmid-October
  • Picking seasonLate - October
  • Season of use3 months or more - keeps well
  • CroppingLight
  • Food usesEating freshJuice
  • Disease resistanceGood
  • ScabSome resistance
  • MildewSome resistance
  • Country of originUnited Kingdom
  • Period of origin1700 - 1749
  • Fruit colourRusset