Bardsey Island Apple Trees

General Info Pollinator, Spur Fruiting
Shade Full Sun
Area Coastal Areas, Exposed Windy Areas, Scotland & The North
Soil Good, Well Drained, Poor/Dry
Pollination Group Pollination Group B
Fruiting Mid Season Fruiting
Type Eating

Malus domestica 'Bardsey Island'

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Bardsey Island Apple Trees

Bardsey Island apple trees produce early-mid season, crisp, citrusy eating apples that are also pretty good for cooking to a puree. It is a good cropper, and is recommended for sites with poorer soil, and near the coast.

Browse our full range of apple trees or see our full variety of fruit trees.


  • Use: Eating. Crisp and tangy. Bakes to a sweet purée when cooked.
  • Spur Bearer: suitable for cordons & training on wires.
  • Tree's growth habit: Average vigour.
  • Harvest: Late September.
  • Store & ripen in a cool, dry place: Until November. 

All of our Bardsey Island trees are grown on MM106 rootstocks.

Pollination Partners for Bardsey Island:
Your trees are partially self-fertile and their flowers must be pollinated to make good crops.
Bardsey Island is in pollination Group B.
This means that they will cross-pollinate with other apple trees in pollination Groups A, B and C.

See our Guide to Apple Tree Pollination for a full list of partners & more tips about pollination.

Disease notes:
This tree is believed to be disease resistant.

History & Parentage:
Thought to be a very old variety, though it has only recently been made available to buy. The mother tree was probably planted over 100 years ago, and was "discovered" in 1998 by Mr Ian Sturrock, growing flat against the wall of a house called Plas Bach on windswept Bardsey Island, just off the coast of northern Wales. With help from the Brogdale Trust, it has been named a unique variety and cuttings were taken to propagate the tree.
The parent has been able to survive the salt winds on the island thanks to the shape of the house, which shelters it from the 2 main directions of the wind. Whenever one of its branches grows out beyond the shelter of the walls, it is quickly killed by the salt - a sort of natural pruning. As a result, it looks more like a climbing plant growing up the side of the house than a normal tree.

How Apple Trees are Measured & Delivered:
Our fruit trees are delivered in up to 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.
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.

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    Small boxes

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  • Small box

    (All barerooted plants under 1.2 metres in height. Please note: all trees are charged at the trees and hedging rate.)


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  • Medium box

    (Any pots up to
    and incl. 7.5L)


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  • Trees & Hedging

    (For all orders of trees of any size, and all bareroot plants 1.2 metres and over in height)


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  • Pallets

    (For all orders of root balls,
    and large orders, a pallet
    price will be automatically
    applied at checkout)


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*Delivery to mainland Britain & the Isle of Wight ONLY. Surcharges to the Isle of Wight and some areas of Scotland apply.

Bareroot planting is best done between November and April
Bareroot and potted - what's the difference?

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