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Pendragon apple trees

Malus domestica
  • Picking season: Early
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Flowering group: 6
Pendragon is a red-fleshed dual-purpose apple from Cornwall.
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Pendragon is a dual-purpose apple, notable for its red flesh.

The blossom is also very attractive - it is dark red rather than the pale pink of most apples, and can rival any pink-blossom crab-apple.

The flavour for eating fresh is described by Nigel Deacon, a leading expert on red-fleshed apples, as "reasonably acceptable". It can also be used in the kitchen, and for adding colour to cider blends.

As with many red-fleshed apples, Pendragon contains natural anthcyanin pigments, which are considered to have beneficial health properties.

How to grow

Pendragon flowers quite late in the blossom season, but ripens relatively early.

As might be expected from a Cornish variety, Pendragon appears to be very resistant to fungal infections and is a good choice for areas with mild damp climates, as wll as organic or (better) "no spray" regimes.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

History

Pendragon was discovered by James Evans in 1982 as a seedling tree growing in Cornwall. Its origins are unknown but the fact that the red pigmentation is found not only in the skin and flesh, but also in the blossom, leaves, and wood, suggests a relationship with Malus niedzwetzkyana.

Pendragon characteristics

Growing

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Flowering group6
  • Pollinating othersPoor
  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climatesMild damp climates

Using

  • Picking seasonEarly
  • CroppingGood
  • Keeping (of fruit)2-3 weeks
  • Food usesEating freshCulinaryJuiceDual purpose

Problems

  • Disease resistanceGood

Identification

  • Country of originUnited Kingdom
  • Period of origin1950 - 1999
  • Blossom colourPink - dark
  • Fruit colourRedRed - dark
  • Flesh colourPink / Red

Similar varieties

  • See also Hidden Rose
    Hidden Rose
    Hidden Rose is named for the unexpected pink flesh hidden behind the plain green skin.
  • See also Tickled Pink
    Tickled Pink
    A new red-fleshed apple variety, with attractive crimson blossom, also known as Baya® Marisa.