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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

  • 11-year maiden bare-root tree 33.45
    M26 rootstock
    Medium size (2.5m-3m after 10 years)
    Out of stock
  • 21-year maiden bare-root tree 33.45
    MM106 rootstock
    Large size (3m-4m after 10 years)
    Out of stock
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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

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilitySelf-fertile
  • Flowering group4
  • Bearing regularityRegular
  • Fruit bearingSpur-bearer
  • Picking seasonVery late late October / early November
  • CroppingGood
  • Keeping3 months or more
  • Useful forEating fresh
  • Disease resistanceAverage Susceptible to fireblight
  • ScabSome susceptibility
  • FireblightSome susceptibility
  • MildewSome susceptibility
  • Climate typeTemperate climates Requires sunny aspect to ripen properlyWarm climates
  • Summer average maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)
  • Country of originNew Zealand
  • Period of origin1950 - 1999
  • Fruit colourOrange / Red