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Gascoyne's Scarlet apple

Last updated 15 Nov 2012.

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24 Sep 2011 
One of these can be found in the orchard at Ightham Mote in Kent.

12 Nov 2010 
I don't find this variety produces pink flesh apples at all reliably. Only had some slight pinkness one year. Other apples not noted for pinkness produce more pinkness more often.

09 Nov 2009 
I am pleased to find some information about the Gascoyne Scarlet apple. We lived in Sheringham, Norfolk from 1970 to 2000 and we had a Gascoyne Scarlet apple tree in the garden. The fruit was lovely and could be either eaten raw or cooked. It kept well until about Christmas. Unfortunately it no longer exists as there is now a garage on the site. We have recently moved back to Norfolk and I look forward to finding another Gascoyne Scarlet tree to plant in our new garden. It is a pity it is not more widely known.

26 Oct 2009 
I cared for a Gascoigne Scarlet for 42 years. It was an large old tree when i moved into my home but it always produced fruit equally delicious cooked or not. The apples were large and attractive with pink and green colouring, and kept to January most years. I have recently moved and am hoping to find somewhere to buy one for my new garden. Etain

26 Oct 2009 
An old friend who has lived in this part of London for thirty years, at the same address had this tree in the garden when he and his family moved in. The tree was old when they moved in and he wanted to 'clean up' the tree but wanted to know what it was. His house is 1930s era and there are speculations it might have been part of an old farm orchard on the slope it occupies or may have been planted in the 1930s. Whatever its origins it is both good as an eater, being large, sweet and colourful but also good for apple sauce as proved last weekend at dinner. Not a variety that is seen but certainly one that could well catch on again if given more prominence. A delightful eat!

01 Sep 2009 
My grandfather used to grow this amongst many other old English apples in Essex. I remember it being a largish apple that could be used for both cooking and eating. It looked and tasted beautiful.

31 Aug 2009 
On moving to this village 20 years ago I brought grafting material with me.I grafted Gascoyne-Gascoigne?? scarlet to make several cordons. They proved to appear to be Tip bearers so could not summer prune to form spurs What did I do wrong?

20 Jan 2009 
Harry Burton from Applelucious orchard on Salt Spring Island sells these trees. By now i'm sure you've found one, but I thought I'd post in case you are still looking.

30 Jul 2008 
I've grown Gascoyne's Scarlet as a cordon for nearly 20 years in Kent UK. It has cropped virtually every year. It's an excellent all rounder, you can eat it and cook it and it keeps until January/February, plus it's a beautiful looking apple. It was raised by Mr Gascoyne at Bapchild Court Sittingbourne Kent and introduced by the Maidstone fruit growers Bunyard & Co (information from Edward Bunyard's Handbook of Hardy Fruits ).

06 May 2008 
Finaly after a long time someone else remembers Gascoynes. As a boy i was born and brought up on a small farm at Castlemorton near Malvern in Worcestershire my grandfather bought the property in 1900 and we had abought an acre or so of old orchard and YES we had a Gascoyne tree it only ever produced a small amount of fruit but they were so delicious that i can remember them as one of my favourites .I came to Newzealand in 1974 and when my father passed away aged 92 in 1992 the property was sold and i believe the orchard was removed I would dearly love to taste that splendid apple again. Good luck Karen in your search . Kind regards from NewZealand ,Tony

23 Nov 2007 
My Mom was evacuated to a small farm in Herefordshire during the war, & remembers a very old apple tree in the orchard which only produced 3/4 delicious fruit a year. These were the special treat of her foster mother who would let my Mom have a slice of each one! Mom only knows it had the word Gascoyne in its name. I hope this is the one as I would love to surprise her with a young tree for Xmas or her birthday in April. Perhaps she'd give me a slice! Can you help me find one please? Yours hopefully, karen Bell

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Produces a pink juice

Gascoyne's Scarlet phototape


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Unknown
  • Originates from: England, United Kingdom
  • Introduced: 1871
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1161
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1957-181


  • Bultitude apple group: 6. Red flushed, smooth, sweet


  • Uses: Juice


  • Flowering period: Mid-Late season
  • Flowering group: 4
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Ploidy: Triploid
  • Pollinating others: Poor
  • Vigour: Large


  • Mildew  - Some resistance

References and further reading about this variety

  • Apples of England (1948)
    Author: Taylor

Gascoyne's Scarlet identification photos from official fruit collections

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Gascoyne's Scarlet identification photos from website visitors

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Latest Spring blossom records for this variety

2018 season

  • May  2018  - tree owned by Julian in Whittington, Lichfield, United Kingdom

2014 season

  • April  2014  - tree owned by Lars in Wilijk Antwerpen, Belgium

2012 season

  • 7th May  2012  - tree owned by Lenore in Beverley, United Kingdom

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