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Keswick Codlin apple trees

Keswick Codlin apple tree
  • Pick: Early-season (mid-August)
  • Flowering group: 2
  • Uses: Cookery | Juicing 
  • Disease-resistance: Good
  • Pollination partners

Keswick Codlin is a traditional English culinary apple, especially popular in Victorian times as one of the first cooking apples of the season. It is juicy and acidic and cooks down to a smooth puree.

Victorian pomologist Robert Hogg praised it as "One of the earliest and most valuable of our culinary apples".

It remains an excellent choice for the modern garden. The tree is almost foolproof to grow, producing heavy crops in almost any situation, and the apples have an excellent sharp flavour and become ripe early in the season when there is not much else around.

Keswick Codlin 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
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 Keswick Codlin

Growing

  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners?
  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Fertility: Partially self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 2?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Average growth?
  • Bearing regularity: Biennial tendency?
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer?
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening?
  • Attractive blossom
  • Overall disease resistance: Good?

Uses

  • Picking season: Early?
  • Use / keeping: 1 week?
  • Flavour quality: Very good?
  • Flavour style: Sharper
  • Good for cooking
  • Good for juice
  • Cooking result: Puree
  • Drying / Discoloring: Oxidising?

Identification

  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Period of origin: 1800 - 1849
  • Fruit colour: Green
  • Blossom colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green

Climate

  • Temperate climates
  • Tolerates cold winters
  • Mild / damp climates?
  • Planting position: Tolerates north-facing shade

Pollination guide for Keswick Codlin

Keswick Codlin is in flowering group 2. Keswick Codlin is partially self-fertile, but fruiting will be improved if there is a compatible tree of a different variety nearby.

How to grow Keswick Codlin apple trees

As the name suggests, Keswick Codlin is well adapted to the wetter climate of western England - although it will grow well in drier climates too.

Keswick Codlin is a very reliable tree, producing heavy crops even in a poor summer. Like many heavy-cropping older varieties, it can sometimes lapse into biennial bearing - but this is easily avoided by thinning the fruitlets just after the blossom has finished, to prevent over-cropping.

Historical details

The first Keswick Codlin tree was found at the end of the 18th century, growing in a rubbish heap at Gleaston Castle near Ulverston at the southern tip of the English Lake District. It was subsequently popularised by a Keswick nurseryman.

Botanical name

Malus domestica 'Keswick Codlin'