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Braeburn Apple tree

Owner: Richard

Location:  Chelmsford, ESSEX, United Kingdom

Age:Planted in about
Rootstock:M26
Soil:General purpose compost in large tub 
Climate at this location:Sunny dry summers, colder autums with ocational frosts
Pruning:Thin out branches, limit height
Tree form:Central leader (widest at bottom)
Height:Up to 6ft / 2m
Cropping:Medium crops
Growth:This tree grows fairly well here
Herbicides:Manual treatment (hoeing and weeding)
Pesticides:Not sure
Local pests:Winter moth and earwigs

Owner's comments

Only had the tree a year and a half and already produced its first crop of 30 or so apples. The garden does get some shade in the late afternoon but the tree still grows quite vigourously with the aid of fertilisers. Very suprised how tasty they are. A little under ripe compaired with the best shop ones but I preffer a tarter apple. They realy do burst with flavour when bitten and texture and crispness is top notch. Dispite the use of chemicals there are still a fuew spots on the skins but this does not seem to effect the taste. A fuew got attacked by earwigs but I just cut of the blemishes and uses them in an apple pie, Braeburn does cook well too. Looking forward to next year and hopefully a much bigger crop but I will have to find somewher to plant it as it has compleatly outgrown the largest tub I could find.

Season records for this tree

  • 2010

    Harvest: 2nd week October
    Frosts and some brown rot forced early picking
  • 2009


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