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Bismarck apple

Last updated 28 May 2011.

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Current rating: 5.0 out of 5. Total votes cast: 1

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11 Jun 2016 
I grew up in England with a tree which I understood to be a Bismarck - although the apples were very large and green rather than red. They cooked to a pulp and were first-rate. I have tried to obtain them in Australia (where they came from) without any luck

04 Oct 2015 
We have a tree that is probably close to 100 years old. It has been bearing abundant fruit for the 40 years we have lived at this property and it was a mature tree when we moved in. Exceptional flavour, great cooking apples but also tart eating as well.

19 Feb 2014 
I love this old tree. It leans wonderfully, blossoms beautifully, fruits generously, so many of its so very delicious apples grow quite enormous, tastes good raw as well as cooked, unparalleled white fluffiness. Its only fault is a tendency to brown rot. Blackbirds love the fruit too, on or off the tree.

24 Oct 2010 
My Bismarck tree is on land that was market gardens in Victorian times. It's an old tree, and from what Simon in NZ says, could possibly be one of the market garden originals. Mine is also fruiting well with plenty still to pick in late October.

07 Jun 2010 
I have a Bismarck tree planted by my great grandfather in the 1870s ,It is still fruiting very well. This year we picked apples off the tree from the first week of February until the last week of April. The early fruit is always a little tart but the last picked are superb eating. I also juice the apples and find the juice has a very rich deep flavour , once pasturised will keep well for a year.

26 Sep 2009 
Wonderful little known apple. Huge cropper, large fruit, better flavour than Bramley (my opinion and others), explodes into white froth/fool on cooking (not 'golden yellow puree').Will grow into very large tree 25ft spread X15ft high - could camp under it! Yield enormous.

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Cooks to golden yellow puree.

Bismarck phototape


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Unknown
  • Originates from: Australia
  • Introduced: 1870
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1150
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1948-653


  • Fruit colour: Red / Green
  • Bultitude apple group: 3. Flushed / striped, smooth, acidic, culinary


  • Uses: Cooking
  • Cooking result: Puree
  • Flavour quality: Good
  • Flavour style: Sharper


  • Fertility: Partially self-fertile
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Average growth


  • Climate suitability: Warm climates
  • Climate suitability: Temperate climates

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References and further reading about this variety

  • Apples of England (1948)
    Author: Taylor

Bismarck identification photos from official fruit collections

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Bismarck identification photos from website visitors

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Latest Spring blossom records for this variety

2012 season

  • 15th April  2012  - tree owned by Jan in Winchester, United Kingdom

2011 season

  • 15th April  2011  - tree owned by Jan in Winchester, United Kingdom

2010 season

  • 3rd May  2010  - tree owned by Jan in Winchester, United Kingdom

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Latest harvest records for this variety

2012 season

    2011 season

    • 2nd week September  2011  - tree owned by Jan in Winchester, United Kingdom

    2010 season

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