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  • Braeburn - named after the place where it was first grown
  • Braeburn
  • Picking season: Very late
  • Country of origin: New Zealand
  • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
  • Flowering group: 4

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 flavor when grown in the right conditions, and keeps well.

Braeburn apple trees for sale

  • 1.1-year maiden bare-root tree 24.45
    M26 rootstock
    Medium size (2.5m-3m after 10 years)
  • 2.1-year maiden bare-root tree 24.45
    MM106 rootstock
    Large size (3m-4m after 10 years)
    Out of stock

How to grow

Braeburn is generally an easy variety to grow, but it needs a long growing season. It does well in most areas where there is plenty of autumn sunshine. Although essentially a warm climate variety, it does not like excessive mid-summer heat.

Being a commercial variety, it is well-suited to the more dwarfing rootstocks such as M9 and B9.

Braeburn and most of its sports are self-fertile and do not necessarily need a pollination partner.


Discovered in New Zealand in the 1950s, possibly a seedling of Lady Hamilton. Braeburn is popularly thought to be related to Granny Smith, but the relationship - if any - has never been proven.

Braeburn characteristics

  • Using

    • Picking period (southern UK):mid-November
    • Picking season:Very late
    • Cropping:Good
    • Keeping (of fruit):3 months or more
    • Food uses:Eating fresh
  • Growing

    • Gardening skill:Average
    • Self-fertility:Self-fertile
    • Flowering group:4
    • Pollinating others:Average
    • Vigour:Average vigour
    • Precocity:Precocious
    • Bearing regularity:Regular
    • Fruit bearing:Spur-bearer
  • Problems

    • Disease resistance:Average
    • Fireblight:Some susceptibility
    • Mildew:Some susceptibility
    • Scab:Some susceptibility
  • Climate

    • Climate suitability:Temperate climates, Warm climates
    • Cold hardiness (USDA):(6) -10F / -23C, (7) 0F / -18C, (8) 10F / -12C, (9) 20F / -7C, (10) 30F / -1C
    • Summer average maximum temperatures:Cool ( 20C - 24C / 68F - 75F), Warm (25C - 30C / 76F - 85F)
  • Identification

    • Country of origin:New Zealand
    • Period of origin:1950 - 1999
    • Fruit colour:Orange / Red