Howgate Wonder

(striped and sour)


Raised in 1915 by Mr George Wratten of Bembridge, Isle of Wight from Blenheim Orange/Newton Wonder cross. The original tree was still in the garden at 4, Howgate Lane until the late 60s. Intoduced by Stuart Low Co. in 1932.  RHS Award of Merit in 1949.
In 1997 a specimen was recorded in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest/heaviest apple – a record it still holds.

Large to very large, round/conical. Fairly regular, broad and flattened at base, tapers in to a flat apex. Five crowned at apex. Skin smooth, shiny, no russet.
Pale green flushed and striped brownish red and finally characteristic pink red colour with darker stripes.  Lenticels inconspicuous. Becomes greasy if stored.

Cavity wide, deep and lined with brown grey russet.
Stalk short, stout and sometimes swollen.
Basin wide, very deep, somewhat ribbed and puckered.
Eye Fairly large, closed or part open.
Sepals large, convergent, downy.
Flesh creamy white, slightly yellow when cooked when it breaks up completely.  Not as acid as a Bramley.

Tube funnel, Stamens median, Core axile

Tree moderately vigorous, upright spreading.

Flowering same time as Bramley’s Seedling with Lane’s Prince Albert.

Season : October to March