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Cider Apple Tree 'Kingston Black'

Cider Apple Tree 'Kingston Black'

Price:  £22.50 22.5000 In Stock New

code: APL069

Malus domestica 'Kingston Black'

Discovered in Taunton in the late 18th century this vintage variety was referred to by the Victorian fruit enthusiast Hogg as 'the most valuable cider apple'. The fruits are small, dark maroon in colour and produce a highly aromatic bittersharp juice that can be made into an excellent single variety cider. It is not the easiest variety to grow and is a relatively light cropper but nevertheless is popular amongst cider enthusiasts.

Bred in the U.K.  RHS Perfect for Pollinators

Pollination: Group E.

Picking time: early November.

Available for delivery: late November - early May.


More Information

Cider apples are not usually edible but are grown for the qualities of their juice and tend to be rich in tannins and sugars. The tannins adds bitterness to the cider and the sugar encourages fermentation, giving rise to strength. Cider apples can be divided into four groups based on the characteristics of the juice they produce.

  • Sweets are low in both acidity and tannins.
  • Sharps are high in acidity and low in tannins.
  • Bittersweets are low in acidity and high in tannins.
  • Bittersharps are high in both acidity and tannins.

Only a few varieties make a good cider on their own so cider is usually blended from several different varieties to give the best results.


We offer a range of traditional cider apples grafted onto MM106 semi vigorous rootstock. Trees will reach a maximum height and spread of 3-4m (10-13ft). To ensure rapid establishment, trees are supplied bare-rooted and will be 1.2-1.5m (4-5ft) high on despatch. Trees are available from late November to early May.


Don't forget to include tree stakes and ties on your order.  All young fruit trees require staking and for better establishment we strongly advise using Rootgrow when planting (as recommended in RHS planting guidelines).


Delivery Information


Carriage & packing charges


Our standard delivery charge to mainland UK is £7.95. Some items (where stated) are p&p inclusive. If you are only ordering items that are p&p inclusive, the standard delivery charge does not apply.


Deliveries to the Scottish Islands and Highlands, Northern Ireland, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and addresses with the following postcode prefixes may incur surcharges:


AB31-38, AB40-56, HS, IV, KA27-28, KW, PA20-88, PH4-50, ZE, GY, JE, IM, BT


Please contact us for a quote to these destinations. We regret we are unable to deliver outside the British Isles.



Despatch Dates


We regret we are unable to give precise delivery dates as weather conditions can affect the despatch schedule. The following information should only be used as a guide on the understanding that we may not be able to keep to these dates precisely.



Fruit trees, soft fruit bushes & hedging (bare root)


Bare root fruit trees, soft fruit bushes and hedging will be despatched from late November until early May.  Orders placed before mid November will usually be despatched by mid December. Orders placed after mid November will usually be delivered within 28 days of the order being placed. Orders placed from mid April onwards will be despatched within 14 days.



Fruit trees & soft fruit bushes (pot grown)


Pot grown fruit trees are available May to September and will be despatched within 28 days.


Cell grown raspberries are available from late May to mid July and will be despatched within 28 days.


Blackberries, blueberries, cranberries, honeyberries, lingonberries, figs, goji berries and pot grown grapes, gooseberries and currants will be despatched within 28 days unless ordered with plants that are due to be despatched at a later date.  Under these circumstances, to avoid additional carriage charges, the entire order will be sent together when everything is available.



Strawberry plants


Fresh dug strawberry plants will be despatched from October to late November. Coldstored strawberry plants will be despatched from mid March to mid July. Orders placed during these periods will usually be delivered within 28 days. Some varieties are only available as coldstored plants (see product description for availability).



Asparagus crowns


Asparagus crowns will be despatched from late March/early April to late May. Orders placed during this period will usually be despatched within 14 days.





Hardware will be despatched within 28 days unless ordered with plants that are due to be despatched at a later date.



Biological Controls (Natural Predators)


Natural Predators are despatched at the appropriate time for application (see product description for detailed information). When "in season" they are despatched direct from our supplier in batches on a weekly basis -  we send orders to our supplier every Thursday and they despatch these orders Wednesday the following week by first class post.






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