Isaac Newton apple trees

Isaac Newton apple tree

Every school pupil knows that Sir Isaac Newton had the inspiration for his theory of gravity whilst sitting under an apple tree and pondering why apples fall. This lovely story, which was related by Newton himself to several correspondents, occurred in the summer of 1666 - about 350 years ago.

What is perhaps less well-known is that the variety of apple which the famous scientist saw falling from the tree has been positively identified. The incident is known to have taken place in his garden at Woolsthorpe Manor in Lincolnshire - and fortunately there was only one apple tree in the garden. It was subsequently identified as a very old English variety (not surprisingly) called Flower of Kent.

Even more remarkably, this apple tree, which must surely be the most important in the history of science, is still alive! The tree appears to have blown over several times in its life, but each time has re-grown from the roots.

As might be expected of a variety from this period, Flower of Kent is a large sharp-tasting cooking apple with juicy crisp flesh.

Many cuttings have since been taken from the famous scientist's tree, and it is a popular variety in the grounds of university physics departments around the world.

Isaac Newton apple trees for sale

Deliveries start December 2018.

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity
Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - MM106 rootstock 25.90

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.

Summary features of Isaac Newton

Growing

  • Gardening skill: Average?
  • Cropping: Good
  • Fertility: Not self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 5?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Average growth?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Fruit bearing: Partial tip-bearer?
  • Overall disease resistance: Average?
  • Long-lived: Yes?

Uses

Identification

  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Period of origin: 1600 - 1649
  • Fruit colour: Green
  • Blossom colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Popularity: Rarely grown?

Climate

  • Temperate climates
  • Planting position: Tolerates partial shade

Pollination guide for Isaac Newton

Isaac Newton is in flowering group 5. Isaac Newton is self-sterile and needs to be pollinated by another tree of a different variety nearby.

How to grow Isaac Newton apple trees

Sir Isaac Newton's tree - Flower of Kent - is unusually late-flowering, so is a useful variety in areas subject to late spring frosts.

Historical details

Flower of Kent is an old English culinary apple variety, dating back to the early 17th century.

Botanical name

Malus domestica 'Isaac Newton'