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Malus domestica Braeburn


Apple Braeburn

A traditional variety of eating apple

A favourite with supermarkets - now you can have your own supply. This red skinned apple has a very sweet taste and can be left on the tree until late November. It also stores well and can be kept for several months, for healthy snacking through the winter.


Happiest in full sun or part shade and moist rich soil.


Dig organic matter into the soil before planting - homemade garden compost or well rotted manure is fine. Water your tree occasionally in dry weather until it has established. This variety is self-pollinating which means it will produce a crop of apples without the help of a neighbouring apple tree acting as a pollinator. It will pollinate other apple trees though, and is in flowering group 4.

This variety was introduced from New Zealand in 1950 and has been a popular dessert apple ever since.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Fruit tree
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available January - December
Season of interest Spring
Flowering March - May
Evergreen No
Plant height 745 cm - 900 cm
Plant width 485 cm - 600 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 550 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Loam, Clay, Sand
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Position the stake in the hole, on the side of the prevailing wind and drive it into the soil, to a depth of 60cm. The stake should be a third of the height of the tree, when planted. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole close to the stake, with the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Use two tree ties to secure the stem to the stake. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year. Check ties regularly and adjust them as the tree grows.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden, Patio container, City garden, Courtyard garden

Additional Information for Fruit, Veg and Bulbs

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Fruiting June - November
Cropping September - November

Typically available

From January to December