Herefordshire Redstreak cider apple trees

Herefordshire Redstreak

Herefordshire Redstreak is an old English hard cider apple variety which produces a bittersharp juice.

Cider produced from this variety often has a red tint and is capable of achieving a high alcohol content.

Herefordshire Redstreak cider apple trees for sale

Mature height*
1-year Herefordshire Redstreak cider apple trees bare-root
Small (6ft-9ft) mature height
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1-year Herefordshire Redstreak cider apple trees bare-root
G.30 rootstock
Medium (8ft-12ft) mature height
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Historical details

Herefordshire Redstreak was raised from a pip by Lord Scudamore, who owned an estate in Herefordshire in the 17th century. It is possible that he obtained pips from France, since he was Charles I's ambassador from about 1634. Although Lord Scudamore lost his estate during the English Civil War, the variety continued to be known locally as Scudamore's Crab.

Redstreak quickly became a very successful and popular cider variety, on account of its attractive red juice, and high alcohol content.

For about 100 years Redstreak was the pre-eminent English cider variety, but production declined rapidly towards the end of the 18th century, as cider became unfashionable. However Herefordshire Redstreak remains popular amongst modern cider enthusiasts, both for its excellent juice qualities and for its historical interest.

Herefordshire Redstreak characteristics


  • Picking season: Very late
  • Uses: Hard cider
  • Cropping: Good
  • Flavor quality: Very good
  • Juice style: Bittersweet (cider)
  • Juice color: Pale red
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening


  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 5
  • Pollinating others: Average
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Average vigour
  • Bearing regularity: Regular
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer


  • Canker: Some susceptibility


  • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20C - 24C / 68F - 75F)


  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Period of origin: 1650 - 1699
  • Fruit color: Orange / Red