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Keswick Codlin

Keswick Codlin
  • Picking season: Early
  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Self-fertility: Partially self-fertile
  • Flowering group: 2

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 flavor and become ripe early in the season when there is not much else around.

Keswick Codlin apple trees for sale

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


How to grow

As the name suggests, Keswick Codlin is well adapted to the wetter climate of western England.

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.



History

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.



Keswick Codlin characteristics

  • Using

    • Picking period (southern UK):mid-August
    • Picking season:Early
    • Cropping:Heavy
    • Keeping (of fruit):1 week
    • Food uses:Culinary, Juice, Traditional cooker
  • Growing

    • Gardening skill:Suitable for beginners
    • Self-fertility:Partially self-fertile
    • Flowering group:2
    • Pollinating others:Average
    • Ploidy:Diploid
    • Vigour:Average vigour
    • Bearing regularity:Biennial tendency
    • Fruit bearing:Spur-bearer
  • Problems

    • Disease resistance:Good
  • Climate

    • Climate suitability:Temperate climates, Mild damp climates
    • Summer average maximum temperatures:Cool ( 20C - 24C / 68F - 75F), Cold (< 20C / 67F)
  • Identification

    • Country of origin:United Kingdom
    • Period of origin:1800 - 1849