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Breakwell's Seedling

Cider apple

Malus domestica Borkh.

Originated at Perthyre Farm, Monmouth, Wales in the late 1800s. It was propagated by George Breakwell who also introduced the variety to Bulmers as a valuable early-ripening cider variety. Trees are fairly vigorous with characteristic luxuriant, dark-green foliage. Fruit is small to medium in size. A medium bittersweet variety producing a thin, light, average cider.

Material available from the National Fruit Collection.
Material held in Tidnor Wood National Collection® of Malus (Cider making)

Accession No.
1989 - 065


Accession name
Breakwell's Seedling
Flowering time  ›››
10th May10% flowering
12th MayFull (80%) flowering
21st May90% petal fall
Picking time
Mid September 1
small 1
Globose 1
37.47 mm 1
45.44 mm 1
weak-medium 1
very weak 1
Ground Colour
Whitish yellow 1
Over Colour
Orange 1
Over Colour Amount
medium-high 1
Over Colour Pattern
striped/mottled 1
low 1
Flesh Colour
White 1

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 NFC fruit (undated) Unpublished characterisation by staff at NFC, Brogdale.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