Gladstone apple trees

Gladstone apple tree
  • Pick: Very early-season
  • Flowering group: 4
  • Uses: Eat fresh 
  • Disease-resistance: Good

Gladstone, or Mr Gladstone, is a very early-season English summer apple. The flesh is delicate, sweet, and notably juicy. The flavour is best described as sweet/sharp, but in a good year can display fruity berry tones.

Gladstone apple trees for sale

Sorry we have not been able to produce any trees of this variety this season.

We may still be able to propagate it to order for you. Please contact us for more details.

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Summary features of Gladstone


  • Gardening skill: Average?
  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Fertility: Partially self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 4?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Slightly large?
  • Precocity: Precocious?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Fruit bearing: Partial tip-bearer?
  • Overall disease resistance: Good?
  • Organic / no-spray culture?
  • Canker: Very resistant?
  • Scab: Very resistant?



  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Period of origin: 1750 - 1799
  • Fruit colour: Red
  • Blossom colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green


  • Frost resistance: Some resistance?
  • Temperate climates
  • Tolerates cold winters
  • Mild / damp climates?
  • Planting position: Full sun preferred

Pollination guide for Gladstone

Gladstone is in flowering group 4. Gladstone is partially self-fertile, but fruiting will be improved if there is a compatible tree of a different variety nearby.

How to grow Gladstone apple trees

Gladstone is easy to grow, and naturally resistant to scab and canker, the two most serious of apple diseases in the UK. It can be grown in most situations.

Historical details

The original tree, thought to be a hundred years old at the time, was discovered near Kidderminster in 1868 by nurseryman Jackson of Blakedown Nursery. It was known initially as Jackson's Seedling, but renamed "Mr Gladstone" in 1883 after it was given a First Class Certificate by the RHS.

Botanical name

Malus domestica 'Gladstone'