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Kingston Black Apple Scionwood (Spring 2021)


A traditional English bittersharp cider apple, vintage quality. Also known as Kingston.

Kingston Black is not an easy tree; it is slow to bear, and it is susceptible to fireblight, scab, cedar-apple rust, and canker. Eve's Cidery also reports problems with black rot. If you can keep your tree healthy, however, it will be vigorous, rounded in form, and will bear regularly. The fruit is used exclusively for cider; it is not suitable for fresh eating.

The apple is small to medium-sized and round. The skin is a dramatic crimson-purple, flecked with russet lenticels and russeted at the stem, and the flesh is pure white, stained red near the skin. Kingston Black is one of the most distinguished of the traditional cider apples, and in 1850 Robert Hogg wrote that "this beautiful little apple" was "the most valuable cider apple in England." It yields a superb bittersharp vintage (good for single-variety ciders) juice. Our friends at Eve's Cidery say that "grown well and made well, Kingston Black cider can be revelatory: a seamless balance between tannin and acid, savory and sweet, refreshing and satisfying." In Apples of Uncommon Character, Jacobsen writes that Kingston Black offers a "perfect balance of sweet, tart, bitter and savory saddle sweat, like prosciutto." How could you resist? (From WSU: Tannin (percent tannic acid): 0.15; Acid (percent malic acid): 0.61; pH: 3.51; SG: 1.055; oBrix 13.3.)

This tree is from Somerset, England. It is probably named after the village of Kingston St. Mary in Somerset, and it is first mentioned in the 1826 catalog of the London Horticultural Society.

Volume Pricing

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Quantity Kingston Black Apple Scion
1 $12.00
2-5 $7.00
6-10 $6.00
11-99 $5.00
100+ $4.00

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Clean vs Regular

Clean = virus-free in lab tests, suggested for grafting with some of the Geneva rootstocks, especially G.16 and G.935. Regular = may contain one of the common latent viruses; this is not usually a problem and can be used with most rootstocks.

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Kingston Black is not an easy tree; it is slow to bear, and it is susceptible to fireblight, scab, cedar-apple rust, and canker. Eve's Cidery also reports problems with black rot. If you can keep your tree healthy, however, it will be vigorous, rounded in form, and will bear regularly. The fruit is used exclusively for cider; it is not suitable for fresh eating.

The apple is small to medium-sized and round. The skin is a dramatic crimson-purple, flecked with russet lenticels and russeted at the stem, and the flesh is pure white, stained red near the skin. Kingston Black is one of the most distinguished of the traditional cider apples, and in 1850 Robert Hogg wrote that "this beautiful little apple" was "the most valuable cider apple in England." It yields a superb bittersharp vintage (good for single-variety ciders) juice. Our friends at Eve's Cidery say that "grown well and made well, Kingston Black cider can be revelatory: a seamless balance between tannin and acid, savory and sweet, refreshing and satisfying." In Apples of Uncommon Character, Jacobsen writes that Kingston Black offers a "perfect balance of sweet, tart, bitter and savory saddle sweat, like prosciutto." How could you resist? (From WSU: Tannin (percent tannic acid): 0.15; Acid (percent malic acid): 0.61; pH: 3.51; SG: 1.055; oBrix 13.3.)

This tree is from Somerset, England. It is probably named after the village of Kingston St. Mary in Somerset, and it is first mentioned in the 1826 catalog of the London Horticultural Society.


The Fruit

Fruit Type

Category: Apple
Subcategory: Heirloom, Cider, Hot-Climate

Fruit Uses & Storage

Uses: cider
Cider classification: sharp
Storage duration: less than one month (approximate, depending on storage conditions)

Fruit Appearance

Skin color: red
Flesh color: white

Fruit Origins

Parentage: unknown
Origin: Somerset, England
Introduced in: 1800s
Introduced by:

The Environment

Calendar & Geography

USDA zones: 5 - 8
Chill hours: 0
Ripening date: Sep 15 (approximate, in New York State) + 0 days after McIntosh

Diseases & Pests

Apple Scab: Susceptible
Black Rot or Blossom End Rot or Frogeye Leaf Spot: Susceptible
Cedar-Apple Rust: Susceptible
Fireblight: Very Susceptible
Perennial Canker: Susceptible

Pollination

Pollination Factors

Bloom group: 3
Is it self-fertile? N
Is it fertile? Y
Ploidy: Diploid

Pollination Partners

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