Suntan apple trees

Malus domestica 'Suntan'

  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Picking season: Late
  • Keeping (of fruit): 1-2 months
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 5
  • Uses: Eating fresh
  • Uses: Juice

Suntan is a large apple, notable for its well developed aromatic flavors and balancing acidity. If you like strong fruity apple flavors it makes a great choice.

Suntan couples its excellent flavors with the classic English orange-flushed hues, making it an attractive apple for the fruit bowl.

Suntan apple trees for sale

Mature height*
1-year Suntan apple trees bare-root
G.11 rootstock
Small (6ft-9ft) mature height
1-year Suntan apple trees bare-root
Medium (8ft-12ft) mature height
Out of stock

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

How to grow

Suntan is easy to grow. It is naturally very vigorous (so assume the upper end of the mature height scale when ordering). 

The main difficulty with Suntan is the relatively late flowering time, coupled with the fact that it is a triploid variety and does not pollinate other varieties. This means you will need another late-blooming apple variety or crab-apple nearby to pollinate it.

It is resistant to scab and mildew but prone to canker in wetter climates.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

Historical details

Suntan was developed at the famous East Malling Research Station in Kent, England, in the 1950s. It is a cross between two varieties which are particularly noted for flavor, Cox's Orange Pippin and Court Pendu Plat.

Suntan characteristics


  • Picking season: Late
  • Uses: Eating fresh Juice
  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Keeping (of fruit): 1-2 months
  • Flavor style (apples): Aromatic
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening


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

Disease resistance

  • General resistance: Good
  • Canker: Some susceptibility
  • Mildew: Very resistant
  • Scab: Very resistant


  • Cold hardiness (USDA): (5) -20F / -29C
  • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20C - 24C / 68F - 75F) Warm (25C - 30C / 76F - 85F)


  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999
  • Fruit color: Orange flush
  • Fruit size: Large
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit
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