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Stoke Red Apple on G.969 (Spring 2024)


A traditional vintage-quality, bittersharp cider apple from England. Also known as Neverblight, Stoke's Red.

Late blooming and late ripening, Stoke's Red is cold-hardy and highly resistant–perhaps immune–to scab. On the down side, it is slow to bear and susceptible to fireblight. The tree is moderately vigorous, spreading, and has a tendency to biennialism; it should be well thinned in years when it crops heavily. This tree is an excellent pollenizer for other late-blooming varieties.

Stoke Red is an English heirloom apple originating from Somerset that yields a vintage-quality bittersharp juice (suitable for a single-variety cider) with a perfect tannin/acid balance. The fruit is small, red striped over yellow, and slightly flat. The white flesh is tinged red, soft, and juicy. Gary Moulton from WSU writes: "Stoke Red is quite disease resistant and a very late bittersharp; makes an excellent cider second only to Kingston Black. Tree habit not favorable, as it has more of a bush habit. For some of our more dense orchards that might not be a bad thing." From WSU: Tannin (percent tannic acid) 0.28; Acid (percent malic acid) 0.66; pH 3.49; SG 1.045; oBrix 11.7.

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Late blooming and late ripening, Stoke's Red is cold-hardy and highly resistant–perhaps immune–to scab. On the down side, it is slow to bear and susceptible to fireblight. The tree is moderately vigorous, spreading, and has a tendency to biennialism; it should be well thinned in years when it crops heavily. This tree is an excellent pollenizer for other late-blooming varieties.

Stoke Red is an English heirloom apple originating from Somerset that yields a vintage-quality bittersharp juice (suitable for a single-variety cider) with a perfect tannin/acid balance. The fruit is small, red striped over yellow, and slightly flat. The white flesh is tinged red, soft, and juicy. Gary Moulton from WSU writes: "Stoke Red is quite disease resistant and a very late bittersharp; makes an excellent cider second only to Kingston Black. Tree habit not favorable, as it has more of a bush habit. For some of our more dense orchards that might not be a bad thing." From WSU: Tannin (percent tannic acid) 0.28; Acid (percent malic acid) 0.66; pH 3.49; SG 1.045; oBrix 11.7.


The Fruit

Fruit Type

Category: Apple
Subcategory: Heirloom, Cider

Fruit Uses & Storage

Uses: cider
Cider classification: bittersharp
Storage duration: (approximate, depending on storage conditions)

Fruit Appearance

Skin color: red
Flesh color: white

Fruit Origins

Parentage: unknown
Origin: Stoke, Somerset, England
Introduced in:
Introduced by:

The Environment

Calendar & Geography

USDA zones: 5 - 7
Chill hours: Not yet determined
Ripening date: Oct 27 (approximate, in New York State) + 42 days after McIntosh

Tree Height & Spacing

Rootstock: G.969 Rootstock
Rootstock size class: Semi-Dwarf (45% of Standard)
Tree spacing (natural spread of tree): 12'
Good for wildlife planting? N

Diseases & Pests

Apple Scab: Very Resistant
Fireblight: Susceptible

Pollination

Pollination Factors

Bloom group: 5
Is it self-fertile? N
Is it fertile? Y
Ploidy: Diploid
Rootstock size class: Semi-Dwarf (45% of Standard)

Pollination Partners

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