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PlantFiles: Apple
Malus x domestica 'Ashmead's Kernal'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Malus (MAY-lus) (Info)
Species: x domestica (doh-MESS-tik-a) (Info)
Cultivar: Ashmead's Kernal
Additional cultivar information: (aka Ashmead's Kernel)

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15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Bloom Time:
Mid season flowering


Rootstock Vigor:

Bearing Habit:

Disease Resistance:
Resistant to Apple Scab
Resistant to Cedar-Apple Rust

Fruit Usage:

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By grafting


1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive M_Bond On Oct 9, 2012, M_Bond from Belmont, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

I have grown this apple tree for about seven years, and while it took about five years to get my first crop, it was worth the wait. (I have Esopus Spitzenburg as a pollinator, and just added Cornish Gilliflower, because sometimes the Spitzenburg blooms just miss the open blooms of the Ashmead's Kernal.) The apples are green with russeting, rather small, and quite round. Eaten right off the tree they don't show their true potential, but after being stored indoors in a cool place for a couple of weeks, these have the most amazing flavor. They are crisp, rich, sweet and tart at the same time - a perfect eating apple. Since it is a tip bearer, some sites say it is not suitable for use as an espalier. It is one of the oldest English apple varieties grown.

Neutral Big_Red On Nov 12, 2004, Big_Red from Bethelridge, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Parentage / Origin: Gloucester, England, 1720
Harvest / Season: Harvest: mid-October, Season: December - February

Old late season apple of excellent flavor and highest quality. Bright green-yellow fruit flushed orange with light cinnamon russeting. Sweet, slightly acid and highly aromatic flavor. Crisp, juicy flesh


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Belmont, California

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