This cultivar was found in a cottage garden in Truro, Cornwall, England, UK, in about 1800 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". 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.
- "cornish fruit | Orchard Network". orchardnetwork.org.uk. 2013. Retrieved 4 March 2013.
- The Gardener's Magazine, Vol 6, p.575, 1830
- Amarsys and Keepers Nursery. "Cornish Gilliflower apple trees for sale - Order online". Keepers Nursery.
- "Fruit | Albemarle Ciderworks & Vintage Virginia Apples". albemarleciderworks.com. 2015. Retrieved 4 March 2015.
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