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Black Dabinett cider apple trees

Malus domestica
Black Dabinett is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators
Black Dabinett is darker-skinned sport of Dabinett, but otherwise very similar to the original.

Black Dabinett cider apple trees for sale


  • BR11-year bare-root tree MM111 rootstock £25.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
  • BR21-year bare-root tree M25 rootstock £25.95
    Very large tree (4m-7m after 10 years)
Next deliveries

Pre-order now for delivery from September onwards for pot grown trees or December for bare-root trees and mixed orders.

Delivery charges

Delivery for a single tree starts at £9.95. It is calculated when you add trees to your basket, based on your postcode.

Black Dabinett is thought to be a sport of the original Dabinett, or possibly a seedling. It is named for its darker red/purple skin colour. It is slightly more vigorous and ripens a bit later, but the juice qualities are similar to the original and it can be used in cider blends or for single-varietal ciders.

How to grow

Black Dabinett has the grower-friendly characteristics of the original, being reasonably disease-resistant, productive and self-fertile.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.


Black Dabinett was discovered in Somerset in the late 19th century.

Black Dabinett characteristics


  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Self-fertilitySelf-fertile
  • Flowering group6
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • PloidyDiploid
  • Fruit bearingSpur-bearer
  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climatesMild damp climates
  • WildlifeRHS Plants for Pollinators


  • Picking monthNovember
  • Picking seasonVery late
  • CroppingGood
  • Food usesHard cider
  • Juice styleBittersweet (cider)


  • ScabSome resistance


  • Country of originUnited Kingdom
  • Period of origin1850 - 1899
  • Flesh colourWhite
  • Fruit colourRed / Black
  • Fruit sizeAverage

Similar varieties

  • See also Dabinett
    Dabinett is a traditional English cider apple variety, producing a bittersweet juice.

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