Apple Tree 'Bardsey' (Mid Season)
A few years ago, a very special apple tree that had remained a secret for generations was discovered growing off the Welsh coast on remote Bardsey island. The apple tree is believed to be the only survivor of an orchard tended to by monks over 1000 years ago.
According to one mediaeval legend, Bardsey Island is the site of Avalon, where King Arthur was taken after he was wounded in his final battle. It was a place of pilgrimage in early Christian times and local people say that 20,000 saints lie buried there.
The Rarest Apple In the World
The old mother tree was (and still is) growing in a slight recess on the side of a house. Remarkably, the tree and the fruits are free from disease - a very unusual occurrence in north Wales. It is thought that ancient genes coupled with a hardy wind swept evolution have resulted in this unique attribute. Appropriately named Bardsey, the fruits are in season from mid October to late November. They are striped pink and have a distinct scent of lemon. When eaten as a dessert apple, they are crisp, sweet and juicy. They cook to a delicate light golden fluff and require no added sugar.
Apple trees are grafted on a M26 rootstock and will reach an eventual height of 2.5-3.5m (8-12ft). Trees should be planted 3-4.5m (10-15ft) apart.
Apple trees are available for delivery from late November until late March.
Please remember that fruit trees do require staking for the first few years of their life, we also strongly recommend the use of rootgrow™ when planting to encourage strong root growth and aid establishment.
Tree stakes, rootgrow™ and fruit tree feed can be found by clicking on the 'related products' tab above.