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Suntan apple tree

Malus domestica 'Suntan'

Suntan is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators

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

  • Small 1-year bare-root tree $35.95
    Mature height: 6ft-9ft after 10 years
    G.11 rootstock
Next deliveries

Next deliveries will be in spring 2022, but you can pre-order now.


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

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Pollination group5
  • Pollinating othersPoor
  • PloidyTriploid
  • Bearing regularityRegular
  • Fruit bearingSpur-bearer
  • WildlifeRHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Picking seasonLate
  • UsesEating freshJuice
  • CroppingHeavy
  • Keeping (of fruit)1-2 months
  • Flavor style (apples)Aromatic
  • General resistanceGood
  • CankerSome susceptibility
  • ScabVery resistant
  • MildewVery resistant
  • Cold hardiness (USDA)(5) -20F / -29C
  • Summer maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)
  • Country of originUnited Kingdom
  • Period of origin1950 - 1999
  • Flesh colourCream
  • Fruit colorOrange flush
  • Fruit sizeLarge
  • AwardsRHS AGM (former) 1993