Afal Gabalfa (Cardiff)
History & Discovery
One of the few Welsh apples in the National Fruit Collection. Originates from the Marquis of Bute’s estate. Introduced by Treseder and Sons, the famous Cardiff nurseryman of Pwllcoch Nurseries, in 1866. Received the RHS award of merit in 1900.
A late keeping yellow cooking apple, famous for its aromatic and spicy flavours. Was also used for cider.
Rootstock & Eventual Tree Size
All fruit trees are grafted onto rootstocks. The rootstocks determine eventual tree size.
Bigger trees are more robust & produce more fruit, but take up more space.
Always choose a bigger rootstock if you need extra anchorage or your soil is poor (very wet, dry or rocky). Small trees cannot compete with grass and weeds.
If you want your fruit tree to remain smaller than its eventual tree size, simply prune back in the summer.
(Unsure about summer pruning? Check out our video guide https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlF_ekXp5PA)
Pollination Group B
Bilingual product label and small “Welsh to the Core!” tie-on label (left) included.