Ashmead's Kernel apple trees

Ashmead's Kernel apple tree
  • Pick: Late-season (mid-October)
  • Flowering group: 4
  • Uses: Eat fresh | Juicing | Cider 
  • Disease-resistance: Good
  • Pollination partners
RHS AGM for Ashmead's Kernel

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.

Although often considered as a connoisseur's dessert apple, Ashmead's Kernel is actually quite versatile. It can be used for cooking, or sliced in savoury salads, and it keeps very well in a cold store.

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

Ashmead's Kernel apple trees for sale

Deliveries start December 2018.

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity
Medium  (2.2m - 3m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - M26 rootstock 23.90 Sold outalert me
Large  (2.5m - 3.5m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - M116 rootstock 24.90 Sold outalert me
Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - MM106 rootstock 23.90
Full size  (5m+ after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - M25 rootstock 23.90

Delivery period: Trees are delivered between November and March. However it is best to order as soon as you can to ensure items are reserved for you. If you live in an area with very cold winters please let us know so that we can scheduled delivery for early spring.

*Mature size: Height shown is the approximate height of the tree when mature (after 5-10 years), not the height when supplied. Actual mature heights may vary considerably dependent on your local conditions and training and pruning regime.

Stock availability: Items showing as 'sold out' will probably be available again next season. Click here to be notified when we get more trees of this variety.

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Summary features of Ashmead's Kernel

Growing

  • Gardening skill: Average?
  • Cropping: Light
  • Fertility: Not self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 4?
  • Pollinating others: Poor?
  • Ploidy: Triploid?
  • Vigour: Average growth?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Growth habit: Upright
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer?
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening?
  • Attractive blossom
  • Overall disease resistance: Good?
  • Organic / no-spray culture?
  • Scab: Some resistance?
  • Mildew: Some resistance?
  • Cedar apple rust: Some resistance?
  • Bitter pit: Some susceptibility?

Uses

Identification

  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Period of origin: 1700 - 1749
  • Fruit colour: Russet
  • Blossom colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • RHS AGM: RHS AGM
  • Popularity: Best sellers?

Climate

  • Temperate climates
  • Tolerates cold winters
  • Mild / damp climates?
  • Cold hardiness: -30F / -34C?
  • Planting position: Full sun preferred

Pollination guide for Ashmead's Kernel

Ashmead's Kernel is in flowering group 4. Ashmead's Kernel is a triploid variety and cannot pollinate other varieties. It needs to be pollinated by another tree of a different variety nearby. You can either plant a self-fertile variety (which will pollinate itself and the Ashmead's Kernel) or you can plant two pollination partners which must each be of different varieties and able to cross-pollinate each other as well as the Ashmead's Kernel. If you need further advice on this just get in touch.

How to grow Ashmead's Kernel apple trees

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.

Historical details

Originated in England in the 1700s, probably in Gloucestershire.

Botanical name

Malus domestica 'Ashmead's Kernel'