Bramley's Seedling is the definitive English "cooker" - an apple variety used mainly for cooking purposes (although many customers like to eat them fresh as well).
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.
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".
Bramley apples in shops are often a solid green colour, this is because they are usually picked a bit early for long-term cold storage. Our photo shows the natural colouring of Bramley's Seedling apples, which is a pale green-yellow skin flushed with red or orange where the sun catches them.
Deliveries start December 2018.
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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.
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Bramley's Seedling is in flowering group 3. Bramley's Seedling 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 Bramley's Seedling) 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 Bramley's Seedling. If you need further advice on this just get in touch. Since it flowers in the middle of the blossom season it can be pollinated by most other apple trees.
Bramley's Seedling is a very vigorous triploid variety - it has three sets of chromosomes rather than the more usual two. Its triploid nature can be seen in the strong dark-coloured leaves, thick branches, and large apples. Bramley's Seedling is quite easy to grow, its great vigour and natural disease resistance means it usually throws off problems fairly easily.
A particular characteristic of Bramley is that it tends not to produce side-shoots when it is young, and a 1-year Bramley tree will often resemble a stick with no side-shoots at all. Cutting the stem back after planting will help, but do not worry if your new Bramley tree takes a year or two to start looking like a tree.
As a triploid variety, Bramley's Seedling is not able to pollinate other apple varieties, but ironically it has attractive and prolific pink-flushed blossom. The fruit ripens late in the season, and stores very well.
We also offer an alternative selection known as Bramley 20 which is about 20% less vigourous than Bramley's Seedling, and therefore produces a smaller tree which is better suited for smaller gardens. The apples are the same size.
Bramley's Seedling is one of the best English apples for growing in continental Europe. Although it thrives in the cool temperate climate of an English summer, it is just as happy in hotter continental climates.
The first Bramley tree was raised from a pip by a young girl, Mary Ann Brailsford, near Nottingham in 1809. The house, with the mature tree in the garden, was later sold to a Matthew Bramley who allowed cuttings to be propagated. The original tree, now more than 200 years old, still survives - and can be seen in a video made by the BBC in 2011 (note the typical English summer weather!). However by 2016 experts confirmed it was dying from a fungal infection.
The new variety was quickly recognised as an outstanding cooking apple and by the end of the Victorian era it was widely planted in England and Northern Ireland, becoming synonymous with English apple cookery. However for the next century it remained little-known outside the UK, since European and North American growers had long preferred dual-purpose apples which could be both eaten fresh and cooked. Latterly with a resurgence in interest in apple cookery it has become well-known amongst North American apple enthusiasts and, 200 years after its birth, this remarkable "cooker" is increasingly recognised as one of the world's great apples varieties.