Kingston Black cider apple trees

Kingston Black

Kingston Black is one of the definitive English hard cider apple varieties and produces a bittersharp juice. It is one of the few English varieties that can be used without blending, to make a single-varietal cider.

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

Kingston Black cider apple trees for sale

Item
Mature height*
Price
Quantity
1-year Kingston Black cider apple trees bare-root
G.11, G.16 rootstock
Small (6ft-9ft) mature height
$29.00
1-year Kingston Black cider apple trees bare-root
G.202, G.222, M.7 rootstock
Medium (8ft-12ft) mature height
$29.00
1-year Kingston Black cider apple trees bare-root
MM.106, MM.111 rootstock
Large (10ft-14ft) mature height
$29.00

*Find out more about the apple rootstocks we use to control the mature height.


How to grow

Kingston Black is undoubtedly one of the best-flavored hard cider apples, but it is also one of the more demanding to grow. It takes time for the tree to start bearing, and the best quality fruit tends to come from older trees. Production can be light or variable, and the tree is a bit susceptible to disease.

Historical details

Kingston Black takes its name from the the town of Kingston near Taunton in Somerset, the main cider-growing area of the UK. It is thought to have arisen in the 19th century.

Kingston Black characteristics

Using

  • Picking season: Very late
  • Uses: Hard cider
  • Cropping: Light
  • Keeping (of fruit): 2-3 weeks
  • Flavour quality: Very good
  • Juice style: Bittersharp (cider)
  • Specific gravity: 1061
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening

Growing

  • Gardening skill: Some needed
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 5
  • Pollinating others: Average
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Average vigour
  • Precocity: Slow to start bearing
  • Bearing regularity: Regular
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
  • Organic culture: Not-suitable

Problems

  • Disease resistance: Poor
  • Canker: Some susceptibility
  • Cedar apple rust: Some susceptibility
  • Scab: Some susceptibility

Climate

  • 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
  • Fruit size: Average