Kingston Black cider apple trees

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.

Kingston Black cider apple trees for sale

Item
Mature height
Price
Quantity
1-year Kingston Black cider apple trees bare-root
Small (6ft-9ft) mature height
$29.00
1-year Kingston Black cider apple trees bare-root
Medium (8ft-12ft) mature height
$29.00
1-year Kingston Black cider apple trees bare-root
Large (10ft-14ft) mature height
$29.00

We are between seasons at the moment. You can pre-order trees now for delivery when the new season starts (fall for warmer zones, or next spring), you won't be asked to pay until nearer the time.


Pollination

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.

Kingston Black characteristics

Using

  • Picking season: Very late
  • Cropping: Light
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening
  • Flavour quality: Very good
  • Uses: Hard cider
  • Juice style: Bittersharp (cider)

Growing

  • Gardening skill: Average
  • 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

Problems

  • 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