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Red Windsor® Apple trees

  • Pick: Mid-season
  • Flowering group: 2
  • Self-fertile
  • Uses: Eat fresh 
  • Disease-resistance: Good

If you are new to growing apple trees, Red Windsor is one of the easiest and most reliable of all apple varieties.

It is self-fertile, so there is no need to worry about pollination partners. It grows naturally in a neat and tidy fashion, and crops heavily. The apples can be picked over several weeks so you don't have to deal with a glut. It seems untroubled by the usual diseases of apples, and the blossom also has some resistance to frost.

Red Windsor is a red sport (natural mutation) of a German variety called Alkmene, derived from Cox's Orange Pippin - hence the good flavour. It has a noticeably redder and less Cox-like appearance than Alkmene, although the characteristic Cox flushed striping can usually be discerned.

Perhaps most important of all, Red Windsor has a good robust apple flavour with some aromatic qualities. It is fairly well balanced, both sweet and sharp, perhaps slightly sharper than Cox.

Red Windsor is grown commercially on a small-scale in the UK, and sometimes marketed as Sweet Lilibet.

Red Windsor® is a protected variety.

Order now for delivery week commencing 27th October 2014 onwards (pot-grown) or December (bare-root).

Red Windsor apple trees for sale

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity

Pot-grown fruit trees  (Deliveries Sept 2014 - April 2015)

Very small  (1.5m - 2m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - 12l pot - M27 rootstock £29.45
Medium  (2.2m - 3m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - 12l pot - M26 rootstock £28.95
Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - 12l pot - MM106 rootstock £28.95
Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) Half-standard premium - 12l pot - MM106 rootstock £33.95

Bare-root fruit trees  (Deliveries November 2014 - February 2015)

Small  (1.8m - 2.5m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - bare-root - M9 rootstock £25.95
Small  (1.8m - 2.5m after 5-10 years) Knip boom - bare-root - M9 rootstock £19.95
Medium  (2.2m - 3m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - M26 rootstock £18.45
Medium  (2.2m - 3m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - bare-root - M26 rootstock £25.95 Sold outalert me
Large  (2.5m - 3.5m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - M9/MM111 rootstock £19.45
Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - MM106 rootstock £18.45
Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - bare-root - MM106 rootstock £25.95

Pot-grown cordon fruit trees  (Deliveries Sept 2014 - April 2015)

Small  (1.8m - 2.5m after 5-10 years) Cordon premium - 12l pot - M9 rootstock £27.95

Bare-root cordon fruit trees  (Deliveries November 2014 - February 2015)

Small  (1.8m - 2.5m after 5-10 years) Cordon - bare-root - M9 rootstock £22.95

Trained fruit trees - pot-grown  (Deliveries Sept 2014 - April 2015)

Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) Fan 4-arm -12l pot - MM106 rootstock £49.00
Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) Espalier 2-tier -12l pot - MM106 rootstock £49.00 Sold outalert me

Delivery period: Pot-grown trees can be delivered from September onwards. Bare-root trees can be delivered from mid-November onwards. Within those periods you can specify your preferred month of delivery during the checkout process. It is best to order as soon as you can to ensure items are reserved for you.

*Mature size: Height shown is the approximate height of the tree when mature (after 5-10 years), not the height when supplied. See photos of trees as supplied. Actual mature heights may vary considerably dependent on your local conditions and training and pruning regime - see our Tree Height Calculator.

Stock availability: Items showing as 'sold out' will probably be available again next season. Click here to be notified when we get more trees of this variety.

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Summary features of Red Windsor

    Growing

  • Gardening skill: Easy?
  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Fertility: Self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 2?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Average growth?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer?
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening?
  • Overall disease resistance: Good?
  • Organic / no-spray culture?
  • Scab: Very resistant?

    Uses

  • Picking season: Mid
    Early September?
  • Use / keeping: 1 week?
  • Flavour quality: Good?
  • Flavour style: Aromatic
  • Good for eating fresh
  • Drying / Discoloring: Oxidising?

    Identification

  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999
  • Fruit colour: Red
  • Blossom colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Popularity: Best sellers?


Pollination guide for Red Windsor

Red Windsor is in flowering group 2. Red Windsor is self-fertile and does not need a pollination partner, although fruiting may be improved if there is a compatible tree of a different variety nearby.

How to grow Red Windsor apple trees

Red Windsor is a great mid-season apple variety for the UK garden. It is easy to grow and crops heavily. As mentioned above, it is self-fertile, a rare feature in apple varieties.

Interestingly, Red Windsor is reasonably disease-resistant - this is despite the fact that neither of its parents have a good track-record in this respect.

The blossom also has some resistance to late frosts.

The tree grows in a compact style, so it is a good choice if you are short of space.

Being a mid-season variety, Red Windsor is also a good choice for difficult situations where light is limited, or where the summer growing season is short.



Historical details

Developed in Herefordshire in the 1980s as a red sport of Alkmene. Its parentage is Cox's Orange Pippin and Duchess of Oldenburg.

Red Windsor® is a protected variety.


Botanical name

Malus domestica 'Red Windsor'


Related variety collections

Easy apple trees for the UK garden, Apple varieties suitable for organic culture, Fruit trees for growing in containers and pots



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