Fall 2014 / Spring 2015 seasonWe are now taking provisional orders for fall 2014 shipping (warmer zones only) or spring 2015. 
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Kingston Black cider apple trees

  • Pick: Very late-season
  • Flowering group: 5
  • Uses: Cider 

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.

Order now for fall 2014 (warm zones) or spring 2015.

Kingston Black cider apple trees for sale

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity
Small  (6ft - 9ft after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - G.11 rootstock  (dwarf) $32.00
Small  (6ft - 9ft after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - G.41 rootstock  (dwarf) $32.00
Small  (6ft - 9ft after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - G.16 rootstock  (dwarf) $32.00
Medium  (8ft - 10ft after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - G.935 rootstock  (semi-dwarf) $32.00 Sold outalert me
Medium  (8ft - 10ft after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - G.202 rootstock  (semi-dwarf) $32.00 Sold outalert me
Large  (9ft - 12ft after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - G.222 rootstock  (semi-vigorous) $32.00 Sold outalert me
Full size  (14ft+ after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - Bud. 118 rootstock  (vigorous)less than 5 in stock $32.00

Delivery discounts. Prices are for individual trees excluding delivery. There is no minimum quantity but it is cost effective to order in multiples of 4 trees.

Delivery period: Trees are delivered in March and April. However it is best to order as soon as you can to ensure items are reserved for you. If you live in a warm zone (e.g. Southern California, Alabama etc.) Fall delivery is possible. More details on our spring shipping schedule by state.

*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.

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 hard 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
  • USDA Zone 5: Yes
  • USDA Zone 6: Yes
  • USDA Zone 7: Yes
  • Cold hardiness: -20F / -29C?


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'




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