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Dumelow's Seedling apple

Dumelow's Seedling was raised by Richard Dumeller of Shakerstone, Leicestershire, England - probably in the late 18th century.  It also known as Dumelow's Crab, Normanton Wonder, and Wellington - and more correctly as Dumeller's Seedling.  It soon became one of the most widely grown culinary apples of Victorian England, esteemed for its fine flavour and good keeping qualities.

Dumelow's Seedling has the key attribute of an English cooker - lots of acidity.  It cooks to a stiff pale puree, with a good strong apple flavour, and plenty of acidic richness.  An interesting twist is to use it in combination with a sweeter cooker which keeps its shape such as Wolf River - the acidic Dumelow's Seedling puree will melt around it, giving a contrast of textures and sweet and sharp flavours.

Dumelow's Seedling identification photos

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Visitor reviews

  • 12 Nov 2009  Ed Mc,  HARBOROUGH, LEICESTERSHIRE, United Kingdom
    I had one of these in the garden of my last house. Very nice cookers and a big crop. I hope to grow one myself from cuttings or seed.
  • 09 Nov 2008  Melanie,  LEICESTERSHIRE, United Kingdom
    I have a very ancient tree in my garden VERY good fruiting lots of apple !
  • 11 May 2008  Pete H,  LEICESTER UK, United Kingdom
    Regarding the Dumelow's Seedling, I adopted a tree of the variety three years ago. The allotment society I am a member of has a heritage orchard consisting of Leicestershire varieties: apples and plums. Dumelow's Seedling cooks to a firm pulp and fruit has a long shelf life. I like it.

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Spring blossom records for this variety

2013 season

  • 23rd May  2013  - tree owned by Richard in York, United Kingdom

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  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Northern Greening ?
  • Originates from: Shakerstone, Leicestershire, England, United Kingdom
  • Introduced: 1800s - early
  • Developed by: Mr Dumeller
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1103
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 2000-033


  • Fruit colour: Yellow / Gold
  • Bultitude apple group: 3. Flushed / striped, smooth, acidic, culinary


  • Uses: Cooking
  • Uses: Juice
  • Cooking result: Puree
  • Flavour quality: Good
  • Flavour style: Sharper
  • Use / keeping: 3 months or more
  • Vitamin C content: Medium


  • Flowering period: Mid-Late season
  • Flowering group: 4
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Slightly large


  • Blossom frost-resistance: Good resistance

Other qualities

  • Awards: RHS AGM 1993

Also known as

  • Dumeller's Seedling
  • Normanton Wonder
  • Wellington Reinette

Parents and other ancestors of this variety

Offspring of this variety

Where to buy trees

The following tree nurseries offer Dumelow's Seedling apple trees for sale:

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Where to buy fresh fruit

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  • Apples of England (1948)
    Author: Taylor

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