Croen Mochyn (1850s, Anglesey)


History & Discovery

The apple tree was found in Gaerwen (Ynys Mon) this tree is probably a highly coloured sport of Egremont Russet. Grown on Anglesey since the 1850s.


The name refers to the rough russeted skin of the apple. The distinctive skin minimises bruising and repels infection (it is one of the most disease resistant of all apples). The skin also enables the fruit to keep well in storage (at least 3 Months). It develops a lovely golden hue with an orangey pink flush on the sunny side of the fruit. The flesh is cream coloured, sweet and firm. The unique flavour is nutty with increasingly tannic overtones during storage. There is a good balance of sweetness and acidity. The blossom is frost tolerant. An excellent choice for Welsh Gardens.

Pollination Group B.

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

Pollination Group B

Bilingual product label and small “Welsh to the Core!” tie-on label (left) included.