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Bramley 20

Bramley's Seedling is the definitive English "cooker". However it is an extremely vigorous variety, producing a tree that is substantially larger than all other apple varieties (only Blenheim Orange comes close).

Bramley 20 is a sport of Bramley's Seedling which happens to produce a tree which is naturally about 20% smaller, making it more suitable for the garden.

Bramley 20 is a valuable alternative to the regular Bramley's Seedling at both ends of the size scale. You can use it on dwarfing rootstocks, allowing you to grow Bramley apples in a small space. You can also use it on semi-vigorous rootstocks to produce a free-standing tree which is still not too large.

Another advantage is that if you are planting several apple trees together, you probably want them to be about the same mature size on any given rootstock. A regular Bramley's Seedling will become much larger than the others whereas Bramley 20 will have similar proportions to the other trees.

Although the tree is smaller, the apples are the same size as the regular Bramley's Seedling.

Bramley 20 apple trees for sale

  • 11-year maiden bare-root tree 24.45
    M26 rootstock
    Medium size (2.5m-3m after 10 years)
  • 21-year maiden bare-root tree 24.45
    MM106 rootstock
    Large size (3m-4m after 10 years)
Next deliveries

Deliveries resume December 2020


How to grow

Bramley 20 retains most of the horticultural characteristics of Bramley's Seedling, but produces a tree approximately 20% smaller on any given rootstock than Bramley's Seedling. It is quite easy to grow but like Bramley's Seedling it is a triploid and needs 2 separate compatible pollination partners although in most suburban environments you can usually assume there will be suitable varieties in the neighbourhood. See our page on Bramley's Seedling for more details of suitable pollination partners.

The pink-flushed white blossom is prolific and attractive. The fruit ripens late in the season, and stores very well.

History

Developed in the UK in the 1970s, a compact sport of Bramley's Seedling.

Bramley 20 characteristics

  • Picking seasonLate
  • CroppingHeavy
  • Keeping3 months or more
  • Fruit persistenceNormal ripening
  • Useful forCulinaryJuiceHard ciderTraditional cooker
  • Cooking resultPuree
  • Juice colourPale yellow
  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Flowering group3
  • Pollinating othersPoor
  • PloidyTriploid
  • VigourSlightly large
  • PrecocityPrecocious
  • Bearing regularityRegular
  • Fruit bearingPartial tip-bearer
  • Disease resistanceGood
  • FireblightSome resistance
  • MildewSome resistance
  • ScabVery resistant
  • Climate typeTemperate climatesMild damp climatesWarm climates
  • Summer average maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)Hot (>30C / 86F)Cold (< 20C / 67F)
  • Country of originUnited Kingdom
  • Period of origin1950 - 1999
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Fruit colourGreen / Red
  • Fruit sizeLarge