Kingston Black Apple Tree Overview
The Kingston Black apple tree is a popular variety for making cider. It has its origins in Somerset in the United Kingdom and became popular in the 19th century onwards as a vintage quality apple. Today, cider makers love Kingston Apple because of its bittersharp juice flavor! Kingston Black is small in size, dark red colored apple and is known to have high quality flavored juices.
While great for making cider, Kingston Black apple trees are not very disease resistant trees. They can be especially prone to scab and canker.
- Uses: juice, hard cider
- Taste: sweet, sharp, fruity flavor, tannic aftertaste
- Size: small to medium sized
- Color: dark red colored fruit, yellowish flesh
- Hardiness Zones: 5-9
- Disease resistance:
- Scab – susceptible
- Canker – susceptible
- Cedar apple rust – susceptible
- Harvest period: 5, late season
- Flowering period: mid to late season
- Flowering Group: 4
- Cross pollinates with: Honeycrisp, Rubinette, to name a few!
- Cultivation: This apple tree is moderately vigorous. Upright spreading. Requires regular pruning. Can be slow to start producing fruit. Can yields light crops.
- Storage: Best after a 10-day sweating period. Can lose flavor and quality after this.