Newton’s apple tree

“… What plant we in this apple-tree!
Fruits that shall swell in sunny June,
And redden in the August noon, … »

William Cullen Bryant.

In the orchard at Woolsthorpe Manor, the tree first put down roots around 400 years ago. For at least 240 years it has been shown to visitors as Isaac Newton’s apple tree. Today the tree is pruned regularly to keep it healthy; it continues to grow and bear blossom and fruit. A low barrier has been installed around it to protect the root run and give it some ‘breathing space’.
It’s a ‘Flower of Kent’ apple tree, a traditional variety, which produces cooking apples which are green with a red flush, of varying sizes.


Weekly quotation-inspired image.