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Kingston Black cider apple trees

Malus domestica
Kingston Black
Kingston Black is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators

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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Kingston Black cider apple trees for sale

Bare-root

  • BR11-year bare-root tree M116 rootstock £25.95
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  • BR22-year bare-root tree M116 rootstock £34.50
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  • BR31-year bare-root tree MM106 rootstock £25.95
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  • BR42-year bare-root tree MM106 rootstock £33.50
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  • BR52-year half-standard bare-root tree MM106 rootstock £35.00
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  • BR61-year bare-root tree MM111 rootstock £25.95
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  • BR71-year bare-root tree M25 rootstock £26.50
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  • BR82-year (1.75m) bare-root tree M25 rootstock £35.50
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Next deliveries

Order now for delivery from October 2021 for pot grown trees or December onwards for bare-root trees. Mixed pot grown and bare-root trees orders will be sent out from December onwards.

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

Growing

  • Gardening skillExperienced
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Flowering group4
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • Fruit bearingSpur-bearer
  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climates
  • WildlifeRHS Plants for Pollinators

Using

  • Picking monthNovember
  • Picking seasonVery late
  • CroppingLight
  • Keeping (of fruit)2-3 weeks
  • Food usesHard cider
  • Juice styleBittersharp (cider)

Problems

  • Disease resistancePoor
  • ScabSome susceptibility
  • CankerSome susceptibility

Identification

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