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Kingston Black

Cider apple

Malus domestica Borkh.

Believed to be a Somerset apple and possibly raised at Kingston, near Taunton. This variety was introduced into Herefordshire c.1820 by Mr Palmer of Bollitree Estate, Weston-under-Penyard near Ross-on-Wye. Trees are of medium size and have a spreading habit. Susceptible to scab. Fruits are medium to small in size and produce a full bodied, excellent quality cider with a distinctive flavour.

Material available from the National Fruit Collection.
Material held in Tidnor Wood National Collection® of Malus (Cider making)

Accession No.
1999 - 096


Accession name
Kingston Black
Flowering time  ›››
8th May10% flowering
14th MayFull (80%) flowering
22nd May90% petal fall
Picking time
late september 1

Accession No.
1989 - 093


Accession name
Kingston Black
small 1
Globose 1
45.75 mm 1
52.85 mm 1
medium 1
very weak 1
Ground Colour
Green yellow 1
Over Colour
Red 1
Over Colour Pattern
striped/solid flush 1
low 1

1. NFC fruit (undated) Unpublished characterisation by staff at NFC, Brogdale.
2. Smith, M. (1971) National Apple Register