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Gladstone apple trees

  • 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.

Deliveries start November 2014.

Gladstone apple trees for sale

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity
Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - MM106 rootstock €25.90 Sold outalert me

Delivery period: Trees are delivered between November and March. However it is best to order as soon as you can to ensure items are reserved for you. If you live in an area with very cold winters please let us know so that we can scheduled delivery for early spring.

*Mature size: Height shown is the approximate height of the tree when mature (after 5-10 years), not the height when supplied. Actual mature heights may vary considerably dependent on your local conditions and training and pruning regime - see our Tree Height Calculator.

Stock availability: Items showing as 'sold out' will probably be available again next season. Click here to be notified when we get more trees of this variety.

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Summary features of Gladstone


  • Gardening skill: Easy?
  • 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?

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.

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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