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Keswick Codlin Apple tree

Owner: Andrew

Location:  Matlock, DERBYSHIRE, United Kingdom

Age:Planted in about 2006
Age of this tree:16 years
Pruning:Summer pruned on a cordon
Tree form:Cordon
Height:Up to 6ft / 2m
Cropping:Medium crops
Growth:This tree grows fairly well here
Herbicides:Manual treatment (hoeing and weeding)

Owner's comments

Keswick Codlin (taken from: Fruit, above medium size, two inches and three-quarters wide, and the same in height; conical, angular in its outline, the angles on its sides running to the crown, where they form rather acute ridges round the eye. Skin, rather pale yellow on the shaded side, but deeper yellow with an orange or blush tinge on the side next the sun. Eye, closed, with long, narrow, connivent segments, and set in a pretty deep and rather puckered basin. Stamens, median; tube, conical. Stalk, about a quarter of an inch long, downy, inserted in a deep cavity, which is marked with russet. Flesh, pale yellowish white, very juicy, tender, and soft, with a brisk and pleasant flavour, but becomes mealy after being kept for a month. Cells, ovate lanceolate; abaxile. One of the earliest and most valuable of our culinary apples. It may be used for tarts so early as the end of June; but it is in perfection during August and September. The tree is healthy, vigorous, and an immense bearer, attaining to the middle size. It succeeds well in almost every soil and situation, and, when grown on the paradise stock, is well suited for espalier training. This excellent apple was first discovered growing among a quantity of rubbish behind a wall at Gleaston Castle, near Ulverstone, and was first brought into notice by one John Sander, a nurseryman at Keswick, who, having propagated it, sent it out under the name of Keswick Codlin. In the Memoirs of the Caledonian Horticultural Society, 1813, Sir John Sinclair says : "The Keswick Codlin tree has never failed to bear a crop since it was planted in the episcopal garden at Rose Castle, Carlisle, twenty years ago. It is an apple of fine tartness and flavour, and may be used early in autumn. The tree is a very copious bearer, and the fruit is of good size, considerably larger than the Carlisle Codlin. It flourishes best in a strong soil."

Season records for this tree

  • 2015

    Size: 2.0m / 6.7ft high   
    Very heavy crop of good sized apples.
  • 2014

  • 2013

  • 2012

  • 2011

    Harvest: 3rd week September
  • 2010

  • 2009

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