• RHS Award Winning VarietiesRHS Award Winning Varieties
  • Quality UK Grown PlantsQuality UK Grown Plants
  • 12 Month Guarantee12 Month Guarantee
  • 10% SSL Secured Shopping100% SSL Secured Shopping
Cider Apple Tree 'Kingston Black'

Cider Apple Tree 'Kingston Black'

Cider Apple Tree 'Kingston Black' Code: APL203

£27.95 27.9500 In Stock New

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/December - early May.


 

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 (including the roots). Trees are available from late November to late April.

 

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).

Carriage & packing charges

Carriage & packing charges

Our standard delivery charge to mainland UK is £9.95. 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.
 
Some deliveries to the Scottish Islands and Highlands, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Scily Isles may incur surcharges. If a surcharge is applicable, you may not be able to complete your order online. Please telephone us on 01255 440410 for a delivery quotation.
 
We regret that due to Brexit we are no longer able to deliver to Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and the rest of Europe.
Despatch Dates

Despatch Dates

We regret we are unable to give precise delivery dates as weather conditions can affect the despatch schedule. The following information (which applies to orders placed online and over the phone) should only be used as a guide and on the understanding that we may not be able to keep to these dates precisely. Please note, delivery usually takes longer when payment is made by cheque.
Fruit trees, soft fruit bushes, ornamental trees & hedging (bare root)

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

Bare root fruit trees, soft fruit bushes, ornamental trees and hedging are available from late November/December until late April.
 
Orders placed before the 30th November will usually be despatched by mid/late December.
 
Orders placed between 1st December and 31st December will usually be despatched late December/January.
 
Orders placed after the 1st January will usually be delivered within 28 days of the order being placed.
Fruit trees & soft fruit bushes (pot grown)

Fruit trees & soft fruit bushes (pot grown)

Pot grown fruit trees, gooseberries and currants are available April to late August and will usually be despatched within 14 days.
 
Blackberries, blueberries, cranberries, elderberries, honeyberries, lingonberries, figs, goji berries and grapes are normally available throughout the year. If ordered April to late September they will normally be despatched within 14 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. Outside this period, delivery may take up to 28 days or longer if ordered with plants that are due to be despatched at a later date.
Cell Grown Raspberries

Cell Grown Raspberries

Cell grown raspberries are available from mid June to mid August and will usually be despatched within 14 days.

Strawberry plants (Runners)

Strawberry plants (Runners)

Unless otherwise stated in the product description, fresh dug strawberry plants will be despatched from mid October to late November. Coldstored strawberry plants will be despatched from March to early 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).
Strawberry plants (Misted Tips)

Strawberry plants (Misted Tips)

Misted Tips are available from late September to late October and will be despatched within 28 days.

Vegetable Plants

Vegetable Plants

Vegetable plants are available from mid May to late July. As a very rough guide, plants ordered before the end of April will usually be despatched by late May. Plants ordered after May will usually be despatched by early June.

Asparagus crowns

Asparagus crowns

Asparagus crowns will be despatched from April to late May. Orders placed during this period will be despatched within 28 days.

Hardware

Hardware

Hardware is usually despatched within 14 days unless ordered with plants that are due to be despatched at a later date.
Biological Controls (Natural Predators) & Bumblebee Hives

Biological Controls (Natural Predators) & Bumblebee Hives

Natural Predators and Bumble Bee hives are only despatched at the appropriate time of year (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 12pm Tuesday and they despatch these orders Wednesday the following week. Natural Predators are sent by first class post, bumblebee hives are sent by carrier.

There are no reviews for this product

Recommended Products

Heavy Duty Tree Ties (pack of 6)
£9.95Heavy Duty Tree Ties (pack of 6)Made from weatherproof rubber elastomer which is UV, cold and pollution resistant, these heavy duty yet soft tree ties have grooves which expand as the tree grows, eliminating adjustment and tree damage. They are fitted in a loop preventing friction between the tree and supporting stake, with the grooves to the inside allowing rain-water to drain away, averting disease. We recommend using two ties on each tree. Length 40cm (16in).Buy Now
Telescopic Tree Stakes (pack of 3)SAVE £3
£29.85  £26.85
Save: 10% off
Telescopic Tree Stakes (pack of 3)All young trees require staking for the first few years of their life and cordons need to be permanently staked. These stylish telescopic tree stakes will ‘grow’ with your trees and are manufactured using 100% anti-corrosive materials. The stakes are fitted with a unique power drive screw head and a tommy bar is supplied so they can be screwed into the ground with the minimum of effort. Length 1.2 - 2.4m (4-8ft), Diameter: 2cm (¾in). 2 Heavy Duty Tree Ties FREE with every Stake. Length 30cm (12in).Buy Now
Rootgrow (150g Granules)
£6.95Rootgrow (150g Granules)For better establishment, naturally healthier plants, better drought resistance and stronger flowering and fruiting, rootgrow™ is all you need. Mycorrhizal fungi will colonise the plant and develop into a huge secondary root system that will increase the root area of your plants by up to 700 times in just a few weeks. This will help the plant find essential nutrients, minerals and moisture, enabling the plant to establish quicker and reducing the risk of failure.Buy Now
RHS Growing Fruit (by Harry Baker)
£15.95 inc. p&pRHS Growing Fruit (by Harry Baker)This 191 page book includes easy to follow, step by step illustrations that clearly guide the reader through all the essential techniques of successful fruit gardening. Pruning is covered in depth. Highly recommended. Reprinted exclusively for Pomona Fruits.Buy Now

Customers Also Purchased

Walnut Tree 'Europa'
£69.95Walnut Tree 'Europa'This naturally dwarf variety is very heavy cropping and fruits just 2-3 years after planting. The nuts are large and the kernel sheds its skin easily when the nut is opened. Delicious, creamy flavour with no bitter after-taste.Buy Now
Apple Tree 'Purple Haze'
£34.95Apple Tree 'Purple Haze'NEW! This dessert apple is very unusual and rivals the best of the crab apples for ornamental interest. It produces beautiful dark pink blossom in the spring and dark red foliage that matures to dark green by late summer. The fruits are purple with bright red flesh and heart shaped white centres. The tree has a naturally columnar habit and will reach a maximum height and spread of 3m (10ft) x 1m (3ft) in 10 years. Ideal for small spaces and containers. The tree is approximately 90-120cm (3-4ft) tall on despatch.Buy Now
Sweet Almond Tree 'Princess'
£33.95Sweet Almond Tree 'Princess'This variety can produce heavy yields of nuts when conditions are favourable. It is a very attractive tree with clouds of scented pinkish-white flowers in the spring. Good resistance to peach leaf curl. It is grafted onto Montclair semi-dwarfing rootstock, reaching a maximum height and spread of 3.6m (12ft).Buy Now
Apple Tree 'Bloody Ploughman'
£25.95Apple Tree 'Bloody Ploughman'First recorded in 1883, there is an interesting story behind the name of this well-known Scottish apple. It originates from the Carse of Gowrie where allegedly a ploughman was shot dead by a gamekeeper for stealing apples from the Megginch Estate. When the ploughman's body was returned to his wife she found some of the stolen apples in his pockets and got rid of them on the rubbish heap. One of the seedlings that subsequently grew produced apples that were blood red in colour and the tree gave rise to the cultivar that was named after the unfortunate ploughman. The fruits are crisp and juicy and when fully ripe can darken to an almost purple colour. The flesh is often stained red which makes it a good variety for juicing and it can also be used to produce cider. It is often considered a dessert apple in Scotland, but the flavour is not particularly sweet and in England it tends to be regarded as a cooker. It makes lovely apple sauce and beautiful pink pies and crumbles. The tree is disease resistant and hardy, performing well in colder areas of the UK.Buy Now
Cider Apple Tree 'Tremlett's Bitter'
£27.95Cider Apple Tree 'Tremlett's Bitter'This popular cider apple originates from Devon in the 19th century and is widely planted in commercial orchards. Described as full bittersweet, the bright red fruits produce a sweet, astringent juice that is full of bitter tannins. The tree is early flowering but the blossom is noted for its frost resistance. Heavy cropping but can be biennial if the fruits aren't thinned.Buy Now
Cider Apple Tree 'Ellis Bitter'
£27.95Cider Apple Tree 'Ellis Bitter'This old English cider apple originates from Devon in the 19th century is still widely grown in the West Country and Herefordshire. The red flushed fruits are relatively large for a cider apple and make a good quality medium bittersweet cider that is useful for blending. The tree is vigorous and heavy cropping.Buy Now