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Claygate Pearmain apple

Claygate Pearmain was discovered in the early 19th century growing near the village of Claygate in Surrey, by apple enthusiast John Braddick.  It soon became a popular apple variety, widely-grown in English gardens.

The flesh is fairly soft, quite juicy, with a rich aromatic flavour.  Claygate Pearmain keeps fairly well, the colour changing to yellow in storage.

Last updated 04 Jun 2013.

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Current rating: 5.0 out of 5. Total votes cast: 2

Visitor comments

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13 Sep 2017 
Delicious apple. Quite tart right off the tree, somewhat like a Granny Smith, but more complex. Sweetens and intensifies in storage. Tree is resistant to scab and easy to grow. Wide crotch angles give it a nice shape without a lot of pruning. Susceptible to bitter pit. Apples tend to start dropping as they ripen. Here in Michigan it ripens about a week after MacIntosh.

28 May 2016 
My Claygate Permain, purchased 7 years ago from Tooley's Trees in Truchas, New Mexico, has finally had a nice fruit set this year. I've thinned and bagged the apples and they look very healthy. We'll see how our turbulent summer weather treats them.

02 Nov 2015 
After a month in cold storage, the tropical fruit flavour develops into one of the most deliciously complex apples I've ever tasted. I would rank this in my top five desert varieties. A shame it is not widely grown in USA.

22 Jul 2014 
A very superior apple. Flavour is incredibly complex if picked when ripe and stored for a week or two. There are definite pineapple notes on offer. So far, this is the best apple I have ever tasted.

11 Oct 2013 
One of my favourite late season apples

28 Dec 2010 
The Claygate Pearmain is suitable to Pot, or Wine Barrel, application, according to The Martin Crawford "Directory of Apple Cultivars".

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A popular Victorian dessert apple, named after the village where it was discovered.

Claygate Pearmain phototape


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Originates from: Surrey, England, United Kingdom
  • Introduced: 1820s
  • Developed by: John Braddick
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1589
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1941-023
  • We are grateful to Brogdale Farm - home of the UK National Fruit Collection - for providing samples of this variety.


  • Fruit colour: Red / Orange flush


  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Flavour quality: Good
  • Flavour style: Aromatic
  • Harvest period: Late season
  • Use / keeping: 1-2 months


  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Flowering period: Mid-Late season
  • Flowering group: 4
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Ploidy: Triploid
  • Pollinating others: Poor
  • Vigour: Slightly large
  • Gardening skill: Very easy
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
  • General disease resistance: Good


  • Climate suitability: Temperate climates

Other qualities

  • Awards: RHS AGM 1901, 1921, 1993


  • Scab  - Very resistant

See also:

  • Braddick's Nonpareil - Braddick's Nonpareil and Claygate Pearmain were both discovered by John Braddick.

References and further reading about this variety

  • Apples of England (1948)
    Author: Taylor

Claygate Pearmain identification photos from official fruit collections

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Claygate Pearmain identification photos from website visitors

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Latest Spring blossom records for this variety

2018 season

  • 1st May  2018  - tree owned by Jerry in Point Reyes Station, United States

2014 season

  • 15th April  2014  - tree owned by Pip in Rye, United Kingdom

2013 season

  • 22nd May  2013  - tree owned by Pip in Rye, United Kingdom
  • 17th May  2013  - tree owned by Jean in Martock, United Kingdom

2012 season

  • 13th April  2012  - tree owned by Pip in Rye, United Kingdom

2011 season

  • 21st March  2011  - tree owned by Pip in Rye, United Kingdom

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Latest harvest records for this variety

2018 season

  • 2nd week October  2018  - tree owned by Jerry in Point Reyes Station, United States

2014 season

  • September  2014  - tree owned by Pip in Rye, United Kingdom

2013 season

  • October  2013  - tree owned by Pip in Rye, United Kingdom

2012 season

  • October  2012  - tree owned by Pip in Rye, United Kingdom

2011 season

  • October  2011  - tree owned by Pip in Rye, United Kingdom

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