Herefordshire Redstreak cider apple trees

Herefordshire Redstreak
  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Pollination group: 5
  • Uses: Hard cider
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile

Herefordshire Redstreak is an old English hard cider apple variety which produces a bittersweet 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
G.11 rootstock
Small (6ft-9ft) mature height
1-year Herefordshire Redstreak cider apple trees bare-root
Medium (8ft-12ft) mature height

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.

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

Historical details

Herefordshire Redstreak was raised from a pip by Lord Scudamore, who owned an estate in Herefordshire in the west of England, in the 17th century. It is possible that he obtained pips from France, since he was ambassador of King Charles 1 in France 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 both attractive red juice, and its ability to produce cider with a 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
  • 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

Disease resistance

  • 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