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Sir Isaac Newton's Tree apple

Sir Isaac Newton's Tree

Sir Isaac Newton had the inspiration for his theory of gravity whilst sitting under an apple tree in his garden in Lincolnshire, England, in 1666.  The tree naturally became famous and since it was the only apple tree in the garden, it was possible to identify the specific variety - it is an old English apple called Flower of Kent. The original tree still survives.

Sir Isaac Newton's Tree apple identification images

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USDA identification images for Sir Isaac Newton's Tree

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 Oct 2018  Sweden
      Traditional taste. A bit heavy.
    • 21 Oct 2013  KENT, United Kingdom
      Very impressed with the fruitiness of the apple, it reminds me of myself

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    Spring blossom records for this variety

    2015 season

    • 9th May  2015  - tree owned by Stephen in Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom

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    • Species: Malus domestica - Apple
    • Parentage: Unknown
    • Originates from: Kent, England, United Kingdom
    • Introduced: Before 1650
    • Developed by: Unknown
    • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1948-729


    • Country of origin: United Kingdom
    • Period of origin: 1600 - 1649
    • Flower colour: White
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Popularity: Rarely grown
    • Annual cycle: Deciduous


    • Picking season: Late
    • Keeping (of fruit): 1-2 months
    • Flavour quality: Average
    • Flavour style (apples): Sharper
    • Cropping: Good
    • Food uses: Culinary
    • Food uses: Traditional cooker
    • Wildlife: RHS Plants for Pollinators


    • Gardening skill: Average
    • Flowering group: 5
    • Pollinating others: Average
    • Ploidy: Diploid
    • Vigour: Average vigour
    • Bearing regularity: Regular
    • Fruit bearing: Partial tip-bearer
    • Longevity: Long-lived
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile


    • Climate suitability: Temperate climates
    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)
    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cold (< 20C / 67F)

    Other qualities

    • Disease resistance: Average

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