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Bismarck apple

Cooks to golden yellow puree.

USDA identification images for Bismarck

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

  • USDA watercolor image of Malus domestica: Bismarck
  • USDA watercolor image of Malus domestica: Bismarck

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

Offspring of this variety

Visitor reviews

  • 11 Jun 2016  NSW, Australia
    I grew up in England with a tree which I understood to be a Bismarck - although the apples were very large and green rather than red. They cooked to a pulp and were first-rate. I have tried to obtain them in Australia (where they came from) without any luck
  • 04 Oct 2015  BRITISH COLUMBIA, Canada
    We have a tree that is probably close to 100 years old. It has been bearing abundant fruit for the 40 years we have lived at this property and it was a mature tree when we moved in. Exceptional flavour, great cooking apples but also tart eating as well.
  • 19 Feb 2014  WEST YORKSHIRE, United Kingdom
    I love this old tree. It leans wonderfully, blossoms beautifully, fruits generously, so many of its so very delicious apples grow quite enormous, tastes good raw as well as cooked, unparalleled white fluffiness. Its only fault is a tendency to brown rot. Blackbirds love the fruit too, on or off the tree.
  • 24 Oct 2010  FULHAM, LONDON, United Kingdom
    My Bismarck tree is on land that was market gardens in Victorian times. It's an old tree, and from what Simon in NZ says, could possibly be one of the market garden originals. Mine is also fruiting well with plenty still to pick in late October.
  • 07 Jun 2010  CANTERBURY, New Zealand
    I have a Bismarck tree planted by my great grandfather in the 1870s ,It is still fruiting very well. This year we picked apples off the tree from the first week of February until the last week of April. The early fruit is always a little tart but the last picked are superb eating. I also juice the apples and find the juice has a very rich deep flavour , once pasturised will keep well for a year.
  • 26 Sep 2009  WEYMOUTH, United Kingdom
    Wonderful little known apple. Huge cropper, large fruit, better flavour than Bramley (my opinion and others), explodes into white froth/fool on cooking (not 'golden yellow puree').Will grow into very large tree 25ft spread X15ft high - could camp under it! Yield enormous.

Tree register

United Kingdom

Spring blossom records for this variety

2012 season

  • 15th April  2012  - tree owned by Jan in Winchester, United Kingdom

2011 season

  • 15th April  2011  - tree owned by Jan in Winchester, United Kingdom

2010 season

  • 3rd May  2010  - tree owned by Jan in Winchester, United Kingdom

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Harvest records for this variety

2011 season

  • 2nd week September  2011  - tree owned by Jan in Winchester, United Kingdom


  • Species: Malus domestica - Apple
  • Parentage: Unknown
  • Originates from: Australia
  • Introduced: 1870
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1948-653


  • Country of origin: Australia
  • Fruit colour: Red / Green


  • Flavour quality: Good
  • Flavour style (apples): Sharper
  • Cooking result: Puree
  • Food uses: Culinary


  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Average vigour
  • Self-fertility: Partially self-fertile


  • Climate suitability: Temperate climates
  • Climate suitability: Warm climates

Where to buy trees

The following tree nurseries offer Bismarck apple trees for sale:

  • Keepers Nursery
    United Kingdom  More >>

Where to buy fresh fruit

The following orchards grow Bismarck:



  • Apples of England (1948)
    Author: Taylor

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