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Kingston Black

Kingston Black

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

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


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

  • Using

    • Picking period (southern UK):early November
    • Picking season:Very late
    • Cropping:Light
    • Keeping (of fruit):2-3 weeks
    • Food uses:Hard cider
  • Growing

    • Gardening skill:Some needed
    • Self-fertility:Not self-fertile
    • Flowering group:4
    • Pollinating others:Average
    • Ploidy:Diploid
    • Vigour:Average vigour
    • Precocity:Slow to start bearing
    • Bearing regularity:Regular
    • Fruit bearing:Spur-bearer
  • Problems

    • Disease resistance:Poor
    • Canker:Some susceptibility
    • Scab:Some susceptibility
  • Climate

    • Climate suitability:Temperate climates
    • Cold hardiness (USDA):(5) -20F / -29C
    • Summer average maximum temperatures:Cool ( 20C - 24C / 68F - 75F)
  • Identification

    • Country of origin:United Kingdom
    • Period of origin:1850 - 1899
    • Fruit colour:Crimson