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Kingston Black cider apple tree

Kingston Black

Kingston Black is one of the definitive English hard cider apple varieties and produces a very high quality 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

  • 1Small 1-year bare-root tree $34.25
    Mature height: 6ft-9ft after 10 years
    G.41 rootstock
  • 2Medium 1-year bare-root tree $34.25
    Mature height: 8ft-12ft after 10 years
    G.890 rootstock
  • 3Full-size 1-year bare-root tree $34.25
    Mature height: 16ft-24ft after 10 years
    P.18 rootstock
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How to grow

Kingston Black takes time to start bearing, although this is less of an issue on dwarf rootstocks, however the best quality fruit tends to come from older trees. Production is variable - it can be a heavy cropper in some areas but only average in others. It is a bit susceptible to scab, although this is not likely to be a concern for the backyard grower.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

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

  • Gardening skillExperienced
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Pollination group4
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • PloidyDiploid
  • Bearing regularityRegular
  • Fruit bearingSpur-bearer
  • Picking seasonVery late
  • UsesHard cider
  • CroppingLight
  • Keeping (of fruit)2-3 weeks
  • Juice styleBittersharp (cider)
  • General resistancePoor
  • CankerSome susceptibility
  • ScabSome susceptibility
  • Cedar apple rustSome susceptibility
  • Cold hardiness (USDA)(5) -20F / -29C
  • Summer maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)
  • Country of originUnited Kingdom
  • Period of origin1850 - 1899
  • Fruit colorCrimson
  • Fruit sizeAverage