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Ashmeads Kernel apple trees produce mid season eating apples that juice well and are also good for both cider and cooking.
The flavour has been described as "having a crisp nutty snap, exploding with champagne-sherbet juice infused with a lingering scent of orange blossom"; it reminds us of eating lemon and pear drops at the same time. The flesh is firm and juicy. The fruit is quite small and the skin is yellow-green. The fruit keeps well into the new year, getting sweeter the longer it is kept. These apples can also be cooked and they make outstanding cider.
Like many heritage apples, this tree is not a regular cropper: on a good year it can make a bumper crop and on a bad year with a cold spring the harvest can be disappointing. It is also normal for it to begin cropping well a few years later than other trees, but the wait is worth it in our opinion. The blossom is very lovely and the tree is relatively low maintenance.
All of our Ashmeads Kernel trees are grown on MM106 rootstocks, except for the cordons, which are grown on M9 rootstocks.
Pollination Partners for Ashmeads Kernel:
Your trees are self sterile triploids: its flowers must be pollinated to make any fruit and it cannot pollinate other trees.
Ashmeads Kernel is in pollination Group D.
This means that they will be pollinated by other apple trees in pollination Groups C, D and E.
See our Guide to Apple Tree Pollination for a full list of partners & more tips about pollination.
Ashmeads Kernel Disease notes:
Disease resistance: Scab.
Disease susceptibility: Bitter Pit.
History & Parentage:
Ashmead's Kernel is an ancient apple dating back to the very early 1700's when it was first grown from a pip by Dr. Ashmead who lived near Gloucester. In a horticultural show, next to any modern apple, these patchy looking, lumpy fruit would not draw a second glance from the judges. However, it won the RHS Award of Garden Merit in 1993 with good reason, because this really is a delicious apple and although it is not always a regular cropper, the tree itself is tough.
How Apple Trees are Measured & Delivered:
Our fruit trees are delivered in 3 shapes and you can also buy selected apple trees as ready made cordons.
Maiden: This unbranched tree is the smallest starting size. You can train maidens into espaliers and cordons.
Cordon: Ashmeads Kernel trees are spur-bearers, so they can be made into cordons and espaliers.
Bush: This is a style of freestanding tree with a short trunk of about 60cms. It will grow to about 3 metres tall.
Half-Standard: This is a freestanding style that will grow into a full sized, "normal" apple tree, about 4 metres tall.