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Suntan apple

Last updated 16 Jan 2015.

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Current rating: 4.7 out of 5. Total votes cast: 19
 

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28 Nov 2014 
I have about 17 varieties of apple tree in my orchard and the flavour of Suntan is easily the best of them all. It is quite sharp and very sweet. I agree that, like its parent Cox, it is prone to cancer and other fruit diseases in this region, nevertheless I usually have a large healthy crop from each tree. The slightly yellowy apples have a nicer taste than the red blushed ones to my mind.


15 Jul 2011 
The tree is slightly prone to canker and alos quite prone to powdery mildew. Early in the season the fairly large fruits suffer considerable damage from codling and sawfly maggots, although the pest attacks switch to other, more colourful, early-ripening varieties after a few weeks, so the whole crop is not generally lost. The mildew-prone tendency makes it unsuitable for dry regions, while the canker-prone tendency makes it unsuitable for wet regions. Not recommended unless it will be sprayed. I removed my (MM106/Suntan) tree and replaced it with a less troublesome variety.



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Medium-large fruit, gold-yellow flushed and striped orange-red. Flesh yellowish-cream. Firm and fairly juicy. Flesh rather coarsely textured, crisp.

Origins

  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Cox's Orange Pippin x Court Pendu Plat
  • Originates from: England, United Kingdom
  • Introduced: 1955
  • Developed by: East Malling Research
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1937
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1980-084

Using

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

Growing

  • Cropping: Good
  • Flowering period: Late season
  • Flowering group: 5
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Ploidy: Triploid
  • Pollinating others: Poor
  • Vigour: Slightly large

Diseases

  • Mildew  - Some susceptibility

Relationships to other varieties

Parents and other ancestors of this variety:

References and further reading about this variety

  • Fruit Expert
    Author: Hessayon

Suntan identification photos from official fruit collections

UK National Fruit Collection

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UK National Fruit Collection

Suntan identification photos from website visitors



Fruit tree register

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

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United States

United Kingdom

Italy

  • Jan Huston in CASTEL D'AIANO, Provincia di BOLOGNA

Australia

  • Hayden in WINSLOW, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA


Latest Spring blossom records for this variety

2015 season

  • 11th May  2015  - tree owned by Michael in GLEN ROCK, United States

2010 season

  • 8th May  2010  - tree owned by N. in CAMBRIDGE, United Kingdom

2009 season

  • 3rd May  2009  - tree owned by N. in CAMBRIDGE, United Kingdom

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Latest harvest records for this variety

2015 season

    2010 season

      2009 season

      • October  2009  - tree owned by N. in CAMBRIDGE, United Kingdom

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