Bramly's Seedling Apple
One of the longest lived apple trees with the original specimen still standing in an orchard in Nottinghamshire, UK, having been planted as a seedling (hence the name) in 1809! The Bramley names comes from a gentleman who purchased the orchard in 1852 and requested any cuttings from this tree bear his name.
Now a common dessert apple in the UK, the Bramley Seedling is the superlative cooking apple. It is large, green, glossily skinned, and remarkably tart. Cooking it, however, mellows the flavor and lightens the texture to a golden yellow. The sauce and chutney it produces is light, fluffy, and delicious. Its other unusual trait is it has a pink bloom whereas most apples’ blooms are white.
Due to market trends in cooking, this apple has yet to gain popularity in the US due to the preference for apples to retain their shape when cooked. However, a resurgence in heirloom varieties have brought this apple back into the fold. The tree grows larger than most scions regardless of the rootstock. It is a triploid, meaning it requires two other apple trees nearby to pollinate but is itself pollen sterile. It is resistant to apple scab and powdery mildew.
USDA Zone: 4-9
Mature Height: 8-10' (Dwarf) G.41
Sun: Full Sun
Bloom Group: 3, Mid Season
Ripening Time: October
Cider Profile: Sharp Tannin: .9g/L, Acid: .11% TA, Sugar: °Brix 11.2
Pollination: Triploid, needs 2 additional trees to pollinate
Dwarf Rootstock: G.41