Bardsey Island apple trees produce early-mid season eating apples that are also pretty good for cooking.
Characteristics of Bardsey Island Trees:
General description of Bardsey Island:
A crisp, citrusy eating apple that also cooks to a puree, the Bardsey tree is thought to be a very old variety, though it has only recently been made available to buy. It is a good cropper.
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.
Bardsey Island Disease notes:
This tree is believed to be disease resistant.
History & Parentage:
One old apple tree, probably planted over 100 years ago, growing flat against the wall of a house called Plas Bach on windswept Bardsey Island, just off the coast of northern Wales, was "discovered" in 1998 by Mr Ian Sturrock. 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.