Malus domestica ?Braeburn? is one of the best known shop bought apples and for good reason. This eating apple is smooth-skinned, crisp and juicy ? everything an eating apple should be. The Braeburn Apple tree was originally bred in New Zealand in the 1950s and has been popular ever since. It grows well in UK gardens producing heavy fruit crops. The RHS has given Apple Braeburn the Perfect for Pollinators badge because it attracts a variety of pollinating insects with its fragrant blossom.
All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets
H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
North-facing, East-facing, South-facing, West-facing
Well-drained, Moist but well-drained
Clay, Sand, Loam
3 - 4 metres
3 - 4 metres
Time to Ultimate size
About 5 - 10 Years
How to grow
Braeburn is a spur-bearing apple tree, which means its fruit appears on jutting spurs, so you can fan train or espalier your Braeburn without difficulty. You can also grow Malus Braeburn in containers if you are able to provide regular water and food. A container will restrict its size and make a lovely fruiting addition to a patio.
Propagate by chip budding or grafting onto a clonal rootstock. The rootstock used will largely determine the size of the tree
How to care
You do not need to prune a Braeburn, but you can cut back broken, dead or crossed branches in the winter to create an open crown, so there is more room for apples to soak up the sun and ripen.