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Red Falstaff® apple

Last updated 15 May 2013.

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Current rating: 3.8 out of 5. Total votes cast: 24

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14 Dec 2016 
I planted a Red Falstaff on my allotment back in 2012, and frankly wasn’t really expecting great things of it. I planted an Eggremont Russet and a Sunset at the same time, and the Falstaff had been recommended as a hardy, reliable tree which I thought might be a good alternative to my others which I expected to be prone to bi-annual cropping. The fact that the Falstaff is a combination of James Grieve and a Golden Delicious didn't really recommend it, but I thought I’d give it a try anyway. In the end the tree has turned out to be excellent. I removed all fruit during its first two years to encourage growth, but in 2015 let it fruit with some judicious thinning. 2015 was not a good summer, but despite that it did very well and I had a nice crop of about 12 apples which were crisp and sharp and very refreshing. A very nice apple indeed, and my wife prefers this to the more Cox-like apples from the Sunset. This year, with the summer being a bit warmer and longer than last year (though still not as it should be), the Falstaff produce a bumper crop of 30 apples on its 2m height, after I had thinned it twice earlier in the year. Again, the apples are very nice indeed. I generally prefer a more Cox-like apple, but these add a nice variation to what we have available. Storage has so far been OK, though I’ve noticed that the skins become a little sticky after a few weeks in store. I’d recommend this as a good, reliable and tasty apple to grow.

23 Sep 2013 
Agree with the tasting rating and I do have problems with scab on this apple

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A red-coloured sport of Falstaff, a popular garden apple tree.

Red Falstaff phototape


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: James Grieve x Golden Delicious
  • Originates from: Norfolk, England, United Kingdom
  • Introduced: 1983
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1590
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1998-019


  • Fruit colour: Red


  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Uses: Juice
  • Flavour quality: Very good
  • Flavour style: Sweet/Sharp
  • Harvest period: Late season
  • Use / keeping: 2-3 weeks


  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Flowering period: Mid season
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Fertility: Self-fertile
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Slightly small
  • Precocity: Precocious
  • Gardening skill: Very easy
  • General disease resistance: Average


  • Climate suitability: Temperate climates
  • Blossom frost-resistance: Good resistance


  • Scab  - Some susceptibility

Relationships to other varieties

This variety is a sport (natural genetic mutation) of:

Parents and other ancestors of this variety:

References and further reading about this variety

  • Scab factories  2012
    Author: Adrian Baggely

Red Falstaff identification photos from official fruit collections

UK National Fruit Collection

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UK National Fruit Collection

Red Falstaff identification photos from website visitors

Red Falstaff - a sport of Falstaff with an attractive red flush
Red Falstaff - a sport of Falstaff with an attractive red flush

Red Falstaff in blossom
Red Falstaff in blossom

Copyright: R. Drage

Red Falstaff tree, M9 rootstock - note the heavy crop which is typical of this variety
Red Falstaff tree, M9 rootstock - note the heavy crop which is typical of this variety


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The following Red Falstaff trees have been registered - click the name to view more details of each tree.

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United Kingdom



  • Angie in JALON, ALICANTE

Latest Spring blossom records for this variety

2017 season

  • April  2017  - tree owned by James in SHIPLEY, United Kingdom

2016 season

  • May  2016  - tree owned by John in MALMESBURY, United Kingdom

2015 season

  • 7th May  2015  - tree owned by Ada in OXFORD, United Kingdom

2014 season

  • 12th May  2014  - tree owned by Danny in LOCHORE, United Kingdom
  • 7th May  2014  - tree owned by Neil in KNOWLE, United Kingdom
  • 6th May  2014  - tree owned by Michaeljpower@Yahoo.Co.Uk in ASCOT, United Kingdom
  • 28th April  2014  - tree owned by John in MALMESBURY, United Kingdom
  • 25th April  2014  - tree owned by Melvyn in OLD WINDSOR, United Kingdom
  • 14th April  2014  - tree owned by Steve in EXMOUTH, United Kingdom
  • April  2014  - tree owned by Karen in LEEDS, United Kingdom

2013 season

2012 season

  • 28th April  2012  - tree owned by Roger in BURTON LATIMER, United Kingdom
  • 25th April  2012  - tree owned by in ABERGELE, United Kingdom
  • 16th April  2012  - tree owned by Angie in JALON, Spain

2011 season

  • 27th April  2011  - tree owned by Alexander in MARCH, United Kingdom
  • 18th April  2011  - tree owned by in ABERGELE, United Kingdom
  • 16th April  2011  - tree owned by in rugby, United Kingdom
  • 10th April  2011  - tree owned by Roger in BURTON LATIMER, United Kingdom

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2009 season

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Latest harvest records for this variety

2017 season

    2016 season

    • 4th week October  2016  - tree owned by John in MALMESBURY, United Kingdom

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