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Yellow Bellflower apple

Excellent cooking and cider variety. Good dessert apple later in season as flavor develops with time. 13.61% sugar. Large to medium-sized fruit. Smooth, lemon yellow skin blushed red to red-orange. Juicy and aromatic.

Yellow Bellflower identification images

USDA identification images for Yellow Bellflower

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

  • Year: 1904

  • Year: 1911

  • Year: 1906

  • Year: 1934

  • Year: 1928

  • Year: 1922

  • Year: 1921

  • Year: 1918

  • Year: 1915

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

Visitor reviews

  • 17 Sep 2017  OHIO, United States
    I enjoy the flavor right off the tree, but it mellows and sweetens in storage to one of the more amazing gustatory experiences one could imagine. Very rich and highly flavored.
  • 24 Oct 2015  MASSACHUSETTS, United States
    This would be my number one apple to surprise people who have never tasted anything other than supermarket varieties. Like biting into a slice of key lime pie. Beautiful blossoms in spring, hence the name. - Carter Wilkie, Boston
  • 19 Oct 2012  VEJLE, Denmark
    The Yellow Bellflower has a unique, strong and to me very pleasant taste. I have only tried some fallen apples right after picking time, but is supposed to keep well and develop flavor. For several years I had my eyes on a large tree that consistently yielded loads of quite large apples even though it was a large, old and unpruned tree. Since Y.B. is extremely rare here, in fact I still only know of this one tree, it took me hours to identify going through a lot of old, pomological works from many countries. Deserves a lot more attention.

Tree register

United States




Spring blossom records for this variety

2012 season

  • 22nd April  2012  - tree owned by Barbara in Seattle, United States

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Harvest records for this variety

2015 season

  • November  2015  - tree owned by Roger in Madison Heights, United States

2013 season

  • 3rd week October  2013  - tree owned by Alison in Albion, United States


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Introduced: 1742


  • Picking season: Late
  • Flavor style (apples): Sweet/Sharp
  • Flavor style (apples): Sharper
  • Flavor style (apples): Sweeter
  • Flavor style (apples): Aromatic
  • Flavor style (apples): Honeyed
  • Food uses: Eating fresh
  • Food uses: Culinary
  • Food uses: Hard cider
  • Food uses: Drying


  • Country of origin: United States
  • Fruit size: Small
  • Fruit size: Average
  • Fruit size: Large
  • Fruit size: Very large
  • Fruit size: Variable

Where to buy fresh fruit

The following orchards grow Yellow Bellflower:

United States


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