Braeburn apple trees

  • Pick: Very late-season (mid-November)
  • Flowering group: 4
  • Self-fertile
  • Uses: Eat fresh 
  • Pollination partners

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.

Braeburn apple trees for sale

Deliveries every week until the end of February

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity
Medium  (2.2m - 3m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - M26 rootstock 23.90
Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - MM106 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 Braeburn


  • Gardening skill: Average?
  • Cropping: Good
  • Fertility: Self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 4?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Average growth?
  • Precocity: Precocious?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer?
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening?
  • Overall disease resistance: Average
    Susceptible to fireblight?
  • Scab: Some susceptibility?
  • Mildew: Some susceptibility?
  • Fireblight: Some susceptibility?
  • Woolly aphid: Some susceptibility
  • Cedar apple rust: Very susceptible?



  • Country of origin: New Zealand
  • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999
  • Fruit colour: Orange / Red
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Popularity: Best sellers?


  • Warm climates?
  • Temperate climates
    Requires sunny aspect to ripen properly
  • Low-chill requirement
    A borderline case - only needs about 700 hours?
  • Cold hardiness: -10F / -23C?
  • Planting position: Full sun essential

Pollination guide for Braeburn

Braeburn is in flowering group 4. Braeburn is self-fertile and does not need a pollination partner, although fruiting may be improved if there is a compatible tree of a different variety nearby.

How to grow Braeburn apple trees

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.

Historical details

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.

Botanical name

Malus domestica 'Braeburn'

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