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Christmas Pearmain apple

Christmas Pearmain is an attractive English apple from the late Victorian period.  By today's standards it looks rather old-fashioned - but appealingly so.

The flavour is not perhaps in the first rank of Victorian apples, but nevertheless this is an apple that has a lot going for it.  It is basically sweet but with a bit of richness and some sharpness to add interest.  The flesh is firm, yellow, and fairly juicy.

It is also an easy apple to grow in the garden, with few problems, and it crops well.  It is available from many fruit tree nurseries.

So not the most well-known of the Victorian apples, but a very good all-rounder.

Last updated 08 May 2011.

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Current rating: 3.8 out of 5. Total votes cast: 4

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19 Feb 2017 
in coastal Norfolk , this apple isnt willing to leave the tree unitl 2nd week in November. I am coming to the end of them now (February 19th) with another week of them left. Still firm and nicely flavoured.

19 Sep 2014 
when do you pick and eat these apples

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Nice apple flavour, sweet but with refreshing sharpness, firm rather than crunchy

Christmas Pearmain phototape


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Unknown
  • Originates from: England, United Kingdom
  • Introduced: 1893
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1154
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 2000-026


  • Bultitude apple group: 7. Flushed / striped, some russeting, sweet


  • Flowering period: Early-Mid season
  • Flowering group: 2
  • Fertility: Self-fertile
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Slightly small

References and further reading about this variety

  • Apples of England (1948)
    Author: Taylor

Christmas Pearmain identification photos from official fruit collections

UK National Fruit Collection

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UK National Fruit Collection

Christmas Pearmain identification photos from website visitors

Christmas Pearmain
Christmas Pearmain

Copyright: S. Watt

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The following Christmas Pearmain trees have been registered - click the name to view more details of each tree.

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Latest Spring blossom records for this variety

2014 season

2013 season

2011 season

  • 7th May  2011  - tree owned by in Gardenstown, United Kingdom
  • 22nd April  2011  - tree owned by Barbara in Gt. Yarmouth, United Kingdom

2010 season

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Latest harvest records for this variety

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        2010 season

        • October  2010  - tree owned by Nish in Chulmleigh, United Kingdom

        Where to buy trees

        The following fruit tree nurseries offer Christmas Pearmain apple trees for sale:

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