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Red Windsor® apple



This is a red sport (mutation) of Alkmene, and noticeably redder and less Cox-like in appearance than Alkmene, although the characteristic Cox russet striping can be faintly discerned.  It is grown commercially on a small-scale in the UK.

Alkmene is sometimes known as Early Windsor, hence the name of this redder sport, Red Windsor.  However to further confuse matters, the marketing organisation behind this variety organised a UK-wide schools competition to come up with a new name - and "Sweet Lilibet" was chosen.  This is therefore the name you are most likely to see it under in supermarkets, where it appears towards the end of September.

Last updated 19 Jan 2014.

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Current rating: 4.0 out of 5. Total votes cast: 10
 

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04 Oct 2017 
Planted tree three years ago in small London garden and delighted with it; delicious apple, clean & abundant fruits, nice to eat straight off tree or stew, and I bet would also make excellent pies and juice. Very pretty in blossom and in fruit so a decorative as well as useful tree. Recommended/supplied by Keepers Nursery UK - a really good call!


30 Aug 2014 
really nice apple crisp,juicy, less aromatic than a cox orange abit more acidic more juicy yummy makes really nice juice too


23 Mar 2011 
I picked some up at my local farmers market - best apple I've eaten in years. Really made me realise what I was missing at the supermarket.


06 Oct 2010 
A very refreshing, clean-tasting and tangy apple; aspects of the cox apple in there but far more refreshing and less dense.


15 Oct 2008 
I have a preference for English apples, in particular Russet and Cox varieties so the Red Windsor is a welcome addition Purchased from local Asda but like most English varieties. suspect it will only have a short season


04 Oct 2008 
I planted this dwarf tree in a large pot in April 2008, and have just picked my first crop of 20 apples from it in mid October. I first took a sample test of it in September, but it was very sharp then and obviously not ripe then. I find the fruit very firm, very refreshing (although still a little sharp for my sweet-tooth), and very juicy. Constant rains this year may have induced it to bear quite large fruits, but it was also watered well throughtout the whole period too. I hope to locate a sweeter apple for the future, but can use these as an all purpose baking apple for both Tarte-Tatin or apple pie.


01 Oct 2008 
Could easily pass as a Cox. Nearest thing yet I think.Slightly sharper.Excellent apple.Purchased October in Waitrose,grown in Kent. I will try to get a tree for my new orchard.



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A red sport of Alkmene, with the same strong Cox-style flavour, but with a distinctly different appearance. Also known as Sweet Lilibet.

Red Windsor phototape

Origins

  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Sport of Alkmene
  • Originates from: United Kingdom
  • Introduced: 1985
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1051
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 2000-115

Using

  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Flavour quality: Good
  • Flavour style: Aromatic
  • Harvest period: Mid season Early September
  • Use / keeping: 1 week

Growing

  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Flowering group: 2
  • Fertility: Self-fertile
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Slightly small
  • Gardening skill: Very easy
  • General disease resistance: Good

Climate

  • Climate suitability: Tolerates cold winters Some frost resistance
  • Blossom frost-resistance: Susceptible

Diseases

  • Scab  - Very resistant

Relationships to other varieties

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

Parents and other ancestors of this variety:

Also known as

  • Red Alkmene
  • Sweet Lilibet

References and further reading about this variety

  • Scab factories  2012
    Author: Adrian Baggely

Red Windsor identification photos from website visitors


Red Windsor at Brogdale Farm, showing fully red skin coloration.
Red Windsor at Brogdale Farm, showing fully red skin coloration.


Fruit tree register

Do you have a tree of this variety in your garden or orchard? If so please register the details here and contribute to our international register of fruit trees.

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

You can also view these trees on a map.

United Kingdom

Ireland



Latest Spring blossom records for this variety

2014 season

  • 6th May  2014  - tree owned by Danny in LOCHORE, United Kingdom
  • 16th April  2014  - tree owned by M in NORTHAMPTON, United Kingdom

2013 season

  • 15th May  2013  - tree owned by Jean in Martock, United Kingdom
  • 11th May  2013  - tree owned by Paul in ASHFORD, United Kingdom
  • 11th May  2013  - tree owned by Paul in ASHFORD, United Kingdom
  • 8th May  2013  - tree owned by Jean in Martock, United Kingdom
  • 4th May  2013  - tree owned by M in NORTHAMPTON, United Kingdom
  • May  2013  - tree owned by Jayne in CRIEFF, United Kingdom
  • May  2013  - tree owned by Jayne in CRIEFF, United Kingdom

2012 season

  • 24th April  2012  - tree owned by M in NORTHAMPTON, United Kingdom
  • 23rd April  2012  - tree owned by Paul in ASHFORD, United Kingdom
  • April  2012  - tree owned by Mark in Chippenham, United Kingdom

2011 season

  • 12th April  2011  - tree owned by James in MELBOURNE, United Kingdom
  • 9th April  2011  - tree owned by M in NORTHAMPTON, United Kingdom

2010 season

  • July  2010  - tree owned by John in LAVENHAM, United Kingdom

2009 season

  • July  2009  - tree owned by John in LAVENHAM, United Kingdom

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Latest harvest records for this variety

2014 season

    2013 season

    • 3rd week September  2013  - tree owned by M in NORTHAMPTON, United Kingdom

    2012 season

      2011 season

      • August  2011  - tree owned by Gilly in MONMOUTH, United Kingdom

      2010 season

      • September  2010  - tree owned by John in LAVENHAM, United Kingdom

      2009 season

      • 1st week September  2009  - tree owned by John in LAVENHAM, United Kingdom

      Where to buy trees

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