St Cecilia (1900, Monmouthshire)


History & Discovery

This apple tree was raised by John Basham & Sons of Bassaleg in Monmouthshire in 1900 from a seedling of Cox’s Orange Pippin. This juicy apple was a popular variety and has an intense aromatic flavour. The flavour is said to be at its most exquisite on St Cecilia’s Day (Nov 22nd). St Cecilia is the patron saint of music.


St Cecilia is a vigorous and heavy cropping tree. Pick in October and use December to March.
RHS Award of Merit 1918.
RHS First Class Certificate 1919.

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.