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Bardsey apple

Discovered growing on an island off the coast of North Wales, and considered very disease-resistant.

Bardsey apple identification images

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USDA identification images for Bardsey

The identification paintings in the USDA Pomological Watercolor Collection span the years 1886 to 1942.

    Citation: U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection. Rare and Special Collections, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD 20705.

    Visitor reviews

    • 02 Sep 2019  NORTHAMPTONSHIRE, United Kingdom
      Bought as a minarette. Excellent crop this year after 3-4 previous poor years. Skin 'pitted' on a small minority of the apples. Fruit is excellent tasting. Apparently can be used as a cooking apple but it does not 'fluff up' Not sure about length of time for storage.
    • 13 Feb 2019  HAMPSHIRE, United Kingdom
      Planted in Lymington x4 trees grown as espaliers and producing an abundance of fruit
    • 18 Oct 2016  POWYS, United Kingdom
      October 2016. Excellent season for our tree, planted in 2009. Very good crop, sweet and juicy eaten within a few days of picking. Best year for flavour. We live on the Welsh border near the Vyrnwy valley.
    • 19 Jul 2016  NEBRASKA, United States
      My tree was planted several years ago, and was "pruned" by a nasty rabbit, but has recovered and has its first apple this summer. It does well in this harsh climate. It is available in the US, and I recommend it highly to all loyal Welsh Americans!
    • 01 Oct 2015  WASHINGTON, United States
      Debut fruit after a record hot and dry summer is lightly lemon-scented, juicy and good. The tree has done well in conditions quite different from its place of origin. A winner!

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    • Sarah in Fiesole, TUSCANY

    Spring blossom records for this variety

    2014 season

    • 11th May  2014  - tree owned by Albany in Castleton, United States
    • 7th May  2014  - tree owned by Bob in Winchester, United Kingdom
    • 12th April  2014  - tree owned by Sarah in Fiesole, Italy
    • April  2014  - tree owned by Ben in Bangor, United Kingdom
    • April  2014  - tree owned by Caroline in Fareham, United Kingdom

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    Harvest records for this variety

    2018 season

    • 2nd week September  2018  - tree owned by Ben in Bangor, United Kingdom

    2015 season

    • September  2015  - tree owned by Caroline in Fareham, United Kingdom

    2014 season

    • 4th week August  2014  - tree owned by Ben in Bangor, United Kingdom
    • 4th week August  2014  - tree owned by Caroline in Fareham, United Kingdom

    2011 season

    • 2nd week September  2011  - tree owned by Ben in Bangor, United Kingdom


    • Species: Malus domestica - Apple
    • Parentage: Unknown
    • Originates from: Wales, United Kingdom
    • Introduced: 1998
    • Developed by: Ian Sturrock


    • Country of origin: United Kingdom
    • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999
    • Fruit colour: Orange / Red
    • Flower colour: Pink - light
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Popularity: Rarely grown
    • Annual cycle: Deciduous


    • Picking season: Mid
    • Keeping (of fruit): 2-3 weeks
    • Flavour quality: Good
    • Flavour style (apples): Sharper
    • Cooking result: Puree
    • Food uses: Eating fresh
    • Food uses: Culinary
    • Food uses: Juice
    • Picking period: late September
    • Wildlife: RHS Plants for Pollinators


    • Gardening skill: Beginner
    • Flowering group: 2
    • Ploidy: Diploid
    • Vigour: Average vigour
    • Precocity: Precocious
    • Bearing regularity: Regular
    • Fruit bearing: Partial tip-bearer
    • Organic culture: Suitable
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile


    • Cold hardiness (USDA): Zone 8 (-12C)
    • Climate suitability: Temperate climates
    • Climate suitability: Mild damp climates
    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)
    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cold (< 20C / 67F)

    Other qualities

    • Disease resistance: Good
    • Canker: Very resistant
    • Scab (Apple and Pear): Very resistant

    Where to buy trees

    The following tree nurseries offer Bardsey apple trees for sale:

    Where to buy fresh fruit

    No orchards have registered as growing this variety. If you grow this and want to register please go to our Orchard Registration form.

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