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Somerset Redstreak cider apple tree

Somerset Redstreak
Somerset Redstreak is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 5
  • Uses: Hard cider
An English cider apple variety producing a very high-quality bittersweet juice.

Somerset Redstreak cider apple trees for sale

  • 1Small 1-year bare-root tree $35.95
    Mature height: 6ft-9ft after 10 years
    Dwarf rootstock
    Out of stock
    Sorry we have sold out for this season
  • 2Medium 1-year bare-root tree $35.95
    Mature height: 8ft-12ft after 10 years
    G.935 rootstock
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A traditional English cider apple producing a bittersweet juice. Somerset Redstreak is one of the main commercial cider varieties planted in England.

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.

History

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