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Christmas Pearmain apple

Christmas Pearmain is an attractive English apple from the late Victorian period.  By today's standards it looks rather old-fashioned - but appealingly so.

The flavour is not perhaps in the first rank of Victorian apples, but nevertheless this is an apple that has a lot going for it.  It is basically sweet but with a bit of richness and some sharpness to add interest.  The flesh is firm, yellow, and fairly juicy.

It is also an easy apple to grow in the garden, with few problems, and it crops well.  It is available from many fruit tree nurseries.

So not the most well-known of the Victorian apples, but a very good all-rounder.

Christmas Pearmain identification photos

UK National Fruit Collection
UK National Fruit Collection
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  • Christmas Pearmain
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Visitor reviews

  • 19 Feb 2017  Barbara Brown,  HIGHFIELD1999@TISCALI.CO.UK, United Kingdom
    in coastal Norfolk , this apple isnt willing to leave the tree unitl 2nd week in November. I am coming to the end of them now (February 19th) with another week of them left. Still firm and nicely flavoured.
  • 19 Sep 2014  Chris Pearman,  ARGYLL, United Kingdom
    when do you pick and eat these apples

Tree register

United Kingdom

Spring blossom records for this variety

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Harvest records for this variety

2010 season

  • October  2010  - tree owned by Nish in Chulmleigh, United Kingdom


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Unknown
  • Originates from: England, United Kingdom
  • Introduced: 1893
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1154
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 2000-026


  • Bultitude apple group: 7. Flushed / striped, some russeting, sweet


  • Flowering period: Early-Mid season
  • Flowering group: 2
  • Fertility: Self-fertile
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Slightly small

Where to buy trees

The following tree nurseries offer Christmas Pearmain apple trees for sale:

  • Keepers Nursery
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Where to buy fresh fruit

United Kingdom


  • Apples of England (1948)
    Author: Taylor

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