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Kingston Black

Kingston Black
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Flowering group: 4

Kingston Black is one of the definitive English hard cider apple varieties and produces a bittersharp juice.

Note that Kingston Black cannot be eaten fresh - it is grown solely for hard cider production.

Malus domestica

Kingston Black cider apple trees for sale

  • 11-year maiden bare-root tree 24.95
    MM106 rootstock
    Large size (3m-4m after 10 years)
  • 21-year maiden bare-root tree 24.95
    M25 rootstock
    Full size size (4.5m-6m after 10 years)
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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

  • Picking seasonVery late
  • CroppingLight
  • Keeping2-3 weeks
  • Fruit persistenceNormal ripening
  • Useful forHard cider
  • Gardening skillExperienced
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Flowering group4
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • PloidyDiploid
  • VigourAverage vigour
  • PrecocitySlow to start bearing
  • Bearing regularityRegular
  • Fruit bearingSpur-bearer
  • Disease resistancePoor
  • CankerSome susceptibility
  • ScabSome susceptibility
  • Climate typeTemperate climates
  • Summer average maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)
  • Country of originUnited Kingdom
  • Period of origin1850 - 1899
  • Fruit colourCrimson
  • Fruit sizeAverage