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Cornish Gilliflower

Dessert apple

Malus domestica Borkh.

Found in a cottage garden near Truro, Cornwall. It was introduced by Sir Christopher Hawkins in 1813. Fruits have firm, rather dry flesh with a sweet and rich aromatic flavour.

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Material available from the National Fruit Collection.
Material held in Tidnor Wood National Collection® of Malus (Cider making)
Material held in the Marcher Apple Network collections (Donnington)
Mother to:
Cornish Pine
Conical 2
medium-large 2
65.00mm 2
70.00mm 2
medium 2
Ground Colour
Green yellow 2
Over Colour
Red 2
Flesh Colour
Yellowish 2

Accession No.
1947 - 116


Accession name
Cornish Gilliflower
Flowering time  ›››
7th May10% flowering
12th MayFull (80%) flowering
18th May90% petal fall
Picking time
Mid October 1

1. NFC fruit (undated) Unpublished characterisation by staff at NFC, Brogdale.
2. Smith, M. (1971) National Apple Register