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Kingston Black cider apple trees

Malus domestica
Kingston Black
  • Picking season: Very late
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Flowering group: 4

Kingston Black is one of the definitive English cider apple varieties and produces a high quality bittersharp juice.

It is one of the few cider varieties where the juice is sufficiently balanced to make a single-varietal cider.

Note that Kingston Black cannot be eaten fresh - it is grown solely for juice / cider use.

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Bare-root

  • BR12-year bare-root tree M116 rootstock £29.95
    Medium tree (2m-3m after 10 years)
  • BR21-year bare-root tree MM106 rootstock £19.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
  • BR32-year bare-root tree MM106 rootstock £29.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
  • BR42-year half-standard bare-root tree MM106 rootstock £34.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
  • BR51-year bare-root tree M25 rootstock £19.95
    Very large tree (4m-7m after 10 years)
  • BR62-year (1.75m) bare-root tree M25 rootstock £34.95
    Very large tree (4m-7m after 10 years)

History

Takes its name from the the town of Kingston near Taunton in Somerset, the main cider-growing area of the UK. Thought to have arisen in the 19th century.

Kingston Black characteristics

Using

  • Picking monthNovember
  • CroppingLight
  • Picking seasonVery late
  • Keeping (of fruit)2-3 weeks
  • Fruit persistenceNormal ripening
  • Flavour qualityVery good
  • Food usesHard cider
  • Juice styleBittersharp (cider)

Growing

  • Gardening skillExperienced
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Flowering group4
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • PloidyDiploid
  • VigourAverage vigour
  • PrecocitySlow to start bearing
  • Bearing regularityRegular
  • Fruit bearingSpur-bearer
  • Organic cultureNot-suitable

Problems

  • Disease resistancePoor
  • CankerSome susceptibility
  • ScabSome susceptibility

Climate

  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climates
  • Cold-hardinessCold-hardy
  • Cold hardiness (USDA)(5) -20F / -29C
  • Summer average maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)

Identification

  • Country of originUnited Kingdom
  • Period of origin1850 - 1899
  • Leaf colourGreen
  • Fruit colourCrimson
  • Fruit sizeAverage