The most well known of culinary apples that first arose just over 200 years ago from a seedling. The original tree is still growing in Southwell, Nottinghamshire! Also known as Bramley’s Seedling having arisen as a seedling of unknown origin between 1809 & 1813. Bramley is THE English cooking apple, and has become renowned world wide. Its sharpness, strong flavour and high acidity together with its excellent storage qualities make it deservedly our most popular cooking apple.
Though there are many high quality culinary apples, of which we grow a number, they can sometimes be forgotten because of the quality of Bramley. However Bramley does have a couple of downsides. It is a triploid variety so will not pollinate others, so bear this in mind if planting other apples. Being triploid it is a strong grower and will grow more sizeable than other trees on a similar rootstock. If space is limited use a more dwarfing rootstock or consider Bramley 20 which has up to 30% less vigour but is just as productive. Both Bramley and Bramley 20 are partial tip-bearers, but grow well as espaliers.
Usually seen in the shops as bright green as in the photo, but will develop a nice red flush on their sun exposed side like in the photo of Bramley 20.
Pollination group – C Picking time – mid October Storage until – March