All about apples, pears, plums, and cherries - and orchards where they are grown

Cornish Gilliflower apple



Cornish Gilliflower is probably the best and most widely-grown of the apple varieties originating from Cornwall.  It has all the attributes of the classic Victorian English apple - notably a sweet aromatic flavour with perfumed overtones and an attractive flushed appearance.  It is acknowledged as one of the best-flavoured English apples.

It is also a relatively good keeper, and can be eaten well into the new year.

The Victorian author Hogg explained the origin of the word "gilliflower" or "gillyflower" as being a corruption of the French word "girofle" signifying clove - and the blossom of this variety has a clove-like scent.

Hogg also recommends growing this variety as an espalier on dwarf rootstock - although modern authorities would not recommend this style because Cornish Gilliflower bears apples on the tips of its branches, making it unsuitable for training in this way.

Last updated 04 Jun 2013.

Rate this variety for flavor

Current rating: 2.6 out of 5. Total votes cast: 8
 

Visitor comments

(Use the form at the bottom to add your own comments about this variety)

13 Oct 2016 
Just tasted my first apple off my Cornish Gilliflower. Wow! I've marked it down to cut lots of scion wood this winter with the aim of top-working a couple of trees over to this variety. A great apple - only downside is - at least in my case - it was a long time (seven years) coming into bearing. Worth the wait though - the flavour is outstanding.


15 Nov 2013 
We have a Cornish Gillyflower although it looks more russety than in the picture - not a hint of red. Very erratic and biennial bearer, though very delicious apples. They may be keepers but are gorgeous straight off the tree, so we'll probably never know.



Add your comments about this variety

Have you tasted this variety ? Do you agree or disagree with our tasting notes ? Enter your comments below. Please tell us your name (just first name if you wish) and email address, and if possible the nearest city. Your name and location, but not your email address, may be published on this website. All comments are reviewed before publishing.

Comments
Your email
Name
City (optional)
State (optional)
Country
Password Create a password for your account
Organisation (optional)
Security question: What is the 1st or 2nd word of the name of this website (in big letters in the banner of this page)?
Answer
We send 2-3 newsletters per year, please let us know if you would like to receive them. Rest assured that we do not buy or sell email addresses - for more details see our privacy policy.
Newsletters

An important English apple of the Victorian era, with a good sweet aromatic flavour.

Cornish Gilliflower phototape

Origins

  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Originates from: Truro, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
  • Introduced: 1813
  • Developed by: Discovered by Sir Christopher Hawkins
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1100
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1947-116

Identification

  • Fruit colour: Red / Green
  • Bultitude apple group: 7. Flushed / striped, some russeting, sweet

Using

  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Flavour quality: Very good
  • Flavour style: Aromatic
  • Harvest period: Late season
  • Use / keeping: 3 months or more

Growing

  • Flowering period: Mid-Late season
  • Flowering group: 4
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Slightly large
  • Fruit bearing: Tip-bearer
  • General disease resistance: Average

Climate

  • Climate suitability: Temperate climates

References and further reading about this variety

  • Apples of England (1948)
    Author: Taylor

Cornish Gilliflower identification photos from official fruit collections

UK National Fruit Collection

©Crown Copyright more >
UK National Fruit Collection

Cornish Gilliflower identification photos from website visitors



Fruit tree register

Do you have a tree of this variety in your garden or orchard? If so please register the details here and contribute to our international register of fruit trees.

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

You can also view these trees on a map.

United States

United Kingdom

Ireland

Italy

Australia

  • Hayden in WINSLOW, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA

Switzerland



Latest Spring blossom records for this variety

2017 season

  • May  2017  - tree owned by Jim in MEQUON, United States
  • 15th April  2017  - tree owned by Jerry in Point Reyes Station, United States

2016 season

  • 14th April  2016  - tree owned by Kenneth in TOPEKA, United States

2012 season

Record your blossom dates in our Fruit Tree Register - more >>.

Latest harvest records for this variety

2017 season

    2016 season

      2012 season

        Where to buy trees

        The following fruit tree nurseries offer Cornish Gilliflower apple trees for sale:

        Where to buy fresh fruit

        United Statesmap >


        United Kingdommap >


        Canadamap >






        Sign in | Register

        Varieties you viewed


        Top 10 Varieties

        Top 10 highest ranked varieties

        Top 10 most voted on varieties

        Our Top 10 most popular variety descriptions



        ©2015 Orange Pippin Ltd. All rights reserved.
        Website by: Amarsys and Black Twig
        You may not reproduce any of the content of this website without our express permission.
        We do not accept any liability for loss or damage incurred as a result of any errors in the content of this website.