Cornish Gilliflower

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Cornish Gillyflower apples

The Cornish Gilliflower is a cultivar of apple.

This cultivar was found in a cottage garden in Truro, Cornwall, England, UK, in about 1800[1] and in 1813 was brought to the attention of the Royal Horticultural Society by Sir Christopher Hawkins, who was awarded a silver medal "for his exertions".[2][3] The word 'gilliflower' is possibly a corruption of a French word girofle meaning clove, believed to be a reference to its odour when cut. The leaves are small and the tree is not a strong grower. It ripens in October.[4]


  1. ^ "cornish fruit | Orchard Network". 2013. Retrieved 4 March 2013. 
  2. ^ The Gardener's Magazine, Vol 6, p.575, 1830
  3. ^ Amarsys and Keepers Nursery. "Cornish Gilliflower apple trees for sale - Order online". Keepers Nursery. 
  4. ^ "Fruit | Albemarle Ciderworks & Vintage Virginia Apples". 2015. Retrieved 4 March 2015.