Expert help available for Kingston Black cider apple trees

Kingston Black cider apple trees

Kingston Black cider apple tree
  • Best seller
  • Pick: Very late-season (early November)
  • Flowering group: 5
  • Uses: Cider 
  • Pollination partners

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.

Kingston Black cider apple trees for sale

Deliveries start December 2018.

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity
Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - MM106 rootstock 27.90 Sold outalert me
Full size  (5m+ after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - M25 rootstock 28.90 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.

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.

Summary features of Kingston Black

Growing

  • Gardening skill: Average?
  • Cropping: Light
  • Fertility: Not self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 5?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Average growth?
  • Precocity: Slow to start bearing?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer?
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening?
  • Canker: Some susceptibility?
  • Scab: Some susceptibility?
  • Cedar apple rust: Some susceptibility?

Uses

  • Picking season: Very late?
  • Flavour quality: Very good?
  • Good for cider
  • Juice style: Bittersharp (cider)

Identification

  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Period of origin: 1850 - 1899
  • Fruit colour: Crimson
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Popularity: Best sellers?

Climate

  • Temperate climates
  • Cold hardiness: -20F / -29C?
  • Planting position: Full sun preferred

Pollination guide for Kingston Black

Kingston Black is in flowering group 5. Kingston Black is self-sterile and needs to be pollinated by another tree of a different variety nearby. Like all cider-apple varieties it can also be pollinated by most other apple varieties or crab-apples flowering at the same time.

Historical details

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.

Botanical name

Malus domestica 'Kingston Black'