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Ashmead's Kernel Apple

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Malus domestica 'Ashmead's Kernel'

The incredible sweet-tart flavor of this superb heirloom apple has made it a connoisseur's favorite. Discovered in Gloucester about 1750, scab-resistant trees are easy to grow and are grown commercially in England today. The medium size fruit with brown russetting keeps extremely well and makes a potent, 'sharp', aromatic juice. Also fantastic as a bold fresh-eating apple to include in any Ploughman's Lunch.

This variety is a triploid and is pollen sterile. It will not pollinize other varieties. Bloom group 3. Mid-season ripener. Requires 800-1000 chill hours to bloom and successfully set fruit.

USDA Zone: 5-9

Mature Height: 5' (Mini Dwarf), 11' (Dwarf), 25' (Standard)

Sun: Full Sun

Ripening Time: September/October

Pollination: Needs a Pollinizer

Mini Dwarf Rootstock: M27

Dwarf Rootstock: EMLA 26

Standard Rootstock: Antanovka 

Read our Apple Growing Guide

Size: Dwarf (4'-5')


Ask a Question
  • What is a good pollinizer for Asheads kernel?

    Ashmead's Kernel is a bloom group 3 triploid, which can be pollinated by any non-triploid in groups 2-4. Check the Apple Growing Guide for a full list.

  • So I’m confused. Is a “standard” Ashmeads kernel 5 feet or 25 feet?

    Standard at maturity is 25' tall, but it is shipped when it is 5' tall.

Customer Reviews

Based on 1 review
Deborah C.M.S.
A flavor explosion!

This homely little apple hides a flavor explosion beneath its russetted skin. It's disease resistant, vigorous, and quick-growing too, has a long bloom period for pollinization, and the fruit keeps quite well after harvest. I'm told it makes wonderful cider. My little tree was rather pitiful-looking when I put it into the ground and I had low expectations for it, but by the next year it had branched out beautifully and even produced a few apples. Crops are larger every other year. I wouldn't be without it - it's my best favorite.