Apple Tree - Bardsey Island (Eater)
Origin: Bardsey Island, Llyn Peninsula, unknown
Apple Taste: Sweet, juicy
Flowering Group : 2
Rootstock: M106 or M25
Size : Maiden
Harvest : September
This rare and interesting variety of apple tree was found on Bardsey Island, a lonely wind-swept island off the tip of the Llyn Peninsular in North Wales. In 1999 Ian Sturrock and a friend found a single gnarled old tree likely to date from the 1870s, near the remains of a 13th century abbey, where perhaps it was all that remained of a monastery orchard. Since then various legends and stories have grown up around the apple, which is known in some quarters as "Merlin's Apple". On the island the tree is completely disease free. The fruit has a lemon aroma, and will keep until November.
Supplier : Ian Sturrock & Sons
We donate half of our profit on sales of Bardsey Island apple trees to Common Ground
See our section on Pollination Groups to help you select your apple trees.
The rootstock for all our apple trees is the most vigorous available. We try to offer as many apple varieties as we can on M25 rootstock, which will produce the standard trees of a traditional orchard, where they would be planted between 6 and 8 metres apart. Please refer to our size guide for details.
Like all our apple trees, we offer Bardsey Island bare root. At the height of the lifting season there may be up to a month?s delay between placing the order and dispatching due to pressure of orders, which are dealt with in date sequence, and the weather. Orders for apple trees taken from March to September are confirmed in September ready for dispatch from November. Please note there is an overall minimum order size of £50.