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PlantFiles: Apple
Malus x domestica 'Bramley's Seedling'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Malus (MAY-lus) (Info)
Species: x domestica (doh-MESS-tik-a) (Info)
Cultivar: Bramley's Seedling

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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
Late season flowering


Rootstock Vigor:
Very vigorous

Bearing Habit:
Partial Tip

Disease Resistance:
Resistant to Apple Scab
Resistant to Apple Powdery Mildew

Fruit Usage:

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

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By grafting

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2 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive okus On May 9, 2008, okus from (Zone 8b) wrote:

The best of all cooking apples, the cooked fruit "fluffs up" if baked and " falls" readily if stewed and has a delicious slightly sharp flavour.

The tree is a vigorous grower and is not ideal for small gardens. If neglected for a few years it will become enormous, even on dwarfing root stock. If you have the space it is a spectacular tree in bloom and crops heavily and reliably if there is a pollinator in the vicinity.

Heavy pruning tends to trigger even more vigorous growth, so it pays to attend to it every winter to keep regrowth to managable proportions. If you like cooking, or eating apple pie, this apple is the one to grow.

Positive angelam On Oct 20, 2006, angelam from melbourne
Australia wrote:

I planted this tree for nostalgic reasons and because I was desperate for a proper cooking apple. My expectations weren't great as it was unreasonable to expect this English apple to do well here. My gamble paid off, not only does the tree fruit well but the weight of the crop keeps the trees shape under control and it is the best looking of my apple trees with minimal pruning.
It is a triploid, so must have a cross pollenator as it is not self fertile.

Neutral smiln32 On Nov 29, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

This tree will set fruit consistently each year if it does not bear too heavily in any given year. This will mean that some fruits each year will have to be removed in order for the tree to produce the next year. This tree is a fast grower. It is susceptible to blossom drop if a frost hits it. It is susceptible to scab, too.

Neutral Big_Red On Nov 14, 2004, Big_Red from Bethelridge, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

An old English variety dating to the 1700's. An excellent baking apple that quickly gained favor in this country for it's tangy, sharp flavor and outstanding cider-making qualities. Fruit is very large and greenish-yellow in color with light red striping. Harvested from October through December and considered a fair keeper.

Parentage / Origin: Propagated from a notable seedling; c. 1809 Nottinghamshire, England
Harvest / Season: Harvest: early October, Season: October - Mar
Description: Fruit large, greenish-yellow with broad broken brown and red stripes. Flesh firm, juicy and sharply acid, high in vitamin C.
Tree Characteristics: Scab and mildew resistant. Tree large, vigorous and spreading, tolerates some shade. Heavy and regular bearer. Triploid

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