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Somerset Redstreak cider apple tree

Somerset Redstreak
Somerset Redstreak is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators

A traditional English cider apple producing a bittersweet juice. Somerset Redstreak is one of the main commercial cider varieties planted in England.

Somerset Redstreak cider apple trees for sale

  • 1Small 1-year bare-root tree $35.95
    Mature height: 6ft-9ft after 10 years
    G.11 rootstock
  • 2Medium 1-year bare-root tree $35.95
    Mature height: 8ft-12ft after 10 years
    G.890 rootstock
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Next deliveries will be in spring 2022, but you can pre-order now.


How to grow

Somerset Redstreak is slightly prone to biennial bearing, fruiting more heavily in alternate years. This can be controlled by heavier thinning in the "on" year.

It also ripens in October in England, quite a bit earlier than the main late-season cider varieties which tend to ripen in November.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

Historical details

England, early 20th century.

Somerset Redstreak characteristics

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Pollination group5
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • PloidyDiploid
  • Bearing regularityBiennial tendency
  • Fruit bearingSpur-bearer
  • WildlifeRHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Picking seasonLate
  • UsesHard cider
  • CroppingGood
  • Keeping (of fruit)2-3 weeks
  • Juice styleBittersweet (cider)
  • General resistanceAverage
  • ScabSome resistance
  • Cold hardiness (USDA)(5) -20F / -29C
  • Summer maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)
  • Country of originUnited Kingdom
  • Period of origin1900 - 1949
  • Fruit colorOrange / RedRed striped