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Pollination group:

Yellow Bellflower

Synonyms: Bell Flower, Belle Flavoise (incorrectly, see Belle Flavoise ), Bellflower, Bishop's Pippin, Bishop's Pippin of Nova Scotia, Connecticut Seek-no-Further (this is also a synonym for the Westfield Seek-No-Further ), Fall Bellflower, Gold Calvill, Lady Washington, Lincoln Pippin, Lineous Pippin, Linnaeus Pippin, Metzger's Calville, Mrs. Barron (incorrectly, see Mrs. Barron ), Reinette Musquee, Seek-no-Further, Summer Bellflower, Warren Pippin, Westfield Seek-no-Further (there is a cultivar of this name, see Westfield Seek-No-Further ), White Belle-Flower, White Bellflower, White Detroit, Yellow Belle Fleur, Yellow Belle Flower, Yellow Bellefleur, Yellow Bellfleur, Yellow Sheepnose

Identification: Large and oblong, sometimes long conic. Can be sharply waisted. Ribbed, becoming more prominent at the eye. The skin is smooth with a base-colour of pale lemon yellow with a faint bronze or reddish blush on the sun-exposed face. Pale reddish lenticels are sparse, small. The calyx is medium size and partly open, set in a shallow, narrow basin which is surrounded by a knobbed crown. The stem is long and somewhat stout, set in a deep, narrow cavity, often russetted radiating onto the shoulders.

Characteristics: The flesh is yellowish, fine-grained and firm. Juicy and aromatic. Sweet-sharp. Acidity is considered sprightly in a ripe apple but distinctly tart if not fully ripe. Thin skin.

Uses: Excellent for pies and sauces and cooks to a lovely gold puree. Sometimes used for North American style cider.

Origins: It apparently orginated as a wild seedling in Burlington County, New Jersey (U.S.A.) in the mid-1700s. William Coxe made mention of the Yellow Bellflower in his 1817 book, "A View of the Cultivation of Fruit Trees and the Management of Orchards and Cider", as did A.J. Downing in his 1859 tome, "The Fruits and Fruit Trees of America." Both authorities state that the original tree stood in Burlington, New Jersey, and Coxe further establishes that the tree was quite old at the time. The Yellow Bellflower also showed up in France during the 1800s, brought from North America by Baumann, where it became known as the Belle Flavoise, a name which was already used to identify an apple which originated in France.

Cultivation: Moderately vigorous, spreading spur bearer. Drooping once it starts producing fruit. Bears good crops but has a biennial tendency. Grows best in warm soils, well drained.

Ploidism: Diploid. Self sterile.

Notes: The term Bellflower is an anglicization of Belle Fleur, the French name for this variety meaning “beautiful flower.” There is some conjecture that this is a parent of the Delicious.

20 weeks

Cold storage: Keeps up to five months, but bruises easily. Flavour mellows in storage.

Vulnerabilities: Susceptible to scab, canker, mildew and fire blight.

Harvest: Ripens in the first half of the fourth period. Fruit tends to hang even after fully ripe.

Brix: 13.6

Harvest period: 4

Type(s): Culinary, Cider, Pie, Sauce

Hardiness Zone min: 5

Hardiness Zone max: 9

Pollination group: C

Pollination day: 9

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