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