Description:A vigorous, long-lived and useful cooking apple tree. Bramleys are a disease resistant tree with an attractive crimson blossom and will give a regular heavy crop of very large apples with creamy-white flesh. Bramleys will need two different apple trees close by to ensure successful pollination as they are triploids.
History and folklore:The original Bramley tree is still producing fruit, over 200 years after being first planted by Mary Ann Brailsford when she was a young girl in Nottingham in 1809. The local butcher, Matthew Bramley purchased the house in 1856 and gave cuttings from the tree to a local nurseryman, Henry Merryweather, on the condition that all apples produced must bear his name. Today, the Bramley is perhaps the best loved cooking apple in the world.
Apple trees are a common and celebrated subject in Irish folklore and poetry. The apple was a welcome seasonal source of a tasty food and if the crop was abundant it was possible to use for cider or jam making. In the eight century text Bretha Comhaithceasa the Apple was included as one of the nobles of the forest. This meant that severe penalties could be exacted for any willful damage to an Apple tree.
Uses:Bramley apples are great for tarts, crumbles, salads, chutney, jelly, cider and for apple sauces. These apples are high in vitamin C.
Planting information:Not fussy about soil types.
Approximate height when delivered:5½ft – 1.7 metres
Mature height and spread:Mature height 8 metres by 8 metres spread.