The route to suc­cess

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The orig­i­nal tree, raised by Mary Ann Brails­ford be­tween 1809 and 1815, was sub­se­quently owned by butcher Matthew Bram­ley. Af­ter it fruited in 1837, Bram­ley al­lowed gar­dener Henry Mer­ry­weather to take cut­tings on the pro­viso they used the name ‘Bram­ley’s Seedling’. Mer­ry­weather first sold three trees in 1862 for two shillings. The cook­ing ap­ple, with its rich, sharp acid­ity, was highly com­mended by the RHS at an ap­ple con­fer­ence in 1883 and was taken up by com­mer­cial grow­ers by 1900. To­day, there are 300 ‘Bram­ley’s Seedling’ grow­ers in the UK, with 83,000 tonnes of fruit pro­duced an­nu­ally.

Trees prop­a­gated from the orig­i­nal are avail­able from www.or­angepip­pin­trees. co.uk; tel: 01759 392007, and www.hedg­ing.co.uk; tel: 01280 827910.

‘Why are our ‘Bram­ley’s Seedling’ red?’ See Prob­lem Solver on page 39.

‘Bram­ley’s Seedling’ is now king of the cook­ers in the UK

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