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Winston apple

This apple started life as Winter King but in 1944 it was renamed Winston.

It is a high quality, late-keeping apple with creamy- white flesh, firm, juicy and a little sharp but mellowing to be sweet and aromatic.

Whilst Winston has many of the flavour characteristics of Cox's Orange Pippin, its horticultural characteristics - fortunately - take after its other parent, Worcester Pearmain.  Hence it is resistant to most diseases, easy to grow, and crops reliably.

Last updated 03 Jun 2013.

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Current rating: 4.5 out of 5. Total votes cast: 6

Visitor comments

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11 Oct 2015 
I have had this tree for 30+ years, and nearly always get a good crop from it, though the fruit is often on the small side, even after thinning. However, I thoroughly recommend this variety because of its exceptionally long season of use. I find it pleasant to eat straight from the tree when picked from late September onwards, yet I find it will keep until March or even longer, retaining its good flavour and crisp texture pretty well, if stored in an unheated room. My other late-keeping variety, Sturmer Pippin, will keep at least as long if picked in late autumn, but is virtually inedible until January or later.

24 Oct 2010 
We used to sort and store these for my mother, all the ones which weren't fit to store were taken to a cider press after a week and juiced. The juice was superb really strong and really tasty. Some lasted to March/April Now trying the juice from the community orchard. see blog

13 Sep 2010 
I agree - a good performer and forms an attractive, easy-to-grow, fairly-trouble-free tree. The apples are quite sharp when picked and are best if stored for several weeks after picking. In simple cool storage, the apples should keep for a few months, maybe several months. The apples can be quite small if not thinned, but I find that smaller apples are less attractive to pests, so I don't thin mine and I accept "lunchbox" or "fun sized" fruits. In a garden situation, without the benefit of hives of bees shipped-in by orchards for pollination, Winston's very fertile blossoms (which seem to have some frost tolerance) can be useful to help obtain a good crop when other varieties fail. Many commentators praise Winston's resistance to scab and mildew, but I find that although its resistance is adequate in most seasons, it is not as highly-disease-resistant as is often implied. "Some resistance" to scab and mildew would be a better description than "very resistant". A very good tree and I highly recommend it as an easy-to-grow, attractive, not-too-troublesome, reliable, late-keeping apple.

07 Aug 2010 
One of the most reliable croppers that stores well in air, crisp and good-flavoured. It should be more comonly grown.

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A Cox-style apple, easy to grow.


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Cox's Orange Pippin and Worcester Pearmain
  • Originates from: Berkshire, England, United Kingdom
  • Introduced: 1900
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1062
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1974-410


  • Bultitude apple group: 7. Flushed / striped, some russeting, sweet


  • Flowering period: Mid-Late season
  • Flowering group: 4
  • Fertility: Self-fertile
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Slightly small

Other qualities

  • Awards: RHS AGM 1993


  • Canker  - Some resistance
  • Scab  - Very resistant

Relationships to other varieties

Parents and other ancestors of this variety:

References and further reading about this variety

  • Apples of England (1948)
    Author: Taylor
  • Fruit Expert
    Author: Hessayon

Winston identification photos from official fruit collections



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Winston identification photos from website visitors

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Latest Spring blossom records for this variety

2016 season

  • 12th May  2016  - tree owned by Cheuk in Amsterdam, Netherlands

2010 season

  • 20th May  2010  - tree owned by Maureen in Eyemouth, United Kingdom
  • 7th May  2010  - tree owned by Stuart in Newbury, United Kingdom
  • 4th May  2010  - tree owned by N. in Cambridge, United Kingdom

2009 season

  • 25th April  2009  - tree owned by N. in Cambridge, United Kingdom

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Latest harvest records for this variety

2016 season

  • 2nd week November  2016  - tree owned by Cheuk in Amsterdam, Netherlands

2010 season

  • August  2010  - tree owned by Hazel in Cheadle Hulme, United Kingdom

2009 season

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

Where to buy trees

The following fruit tree nurseries offer Winston apple trees for sale:

  • Keepers Nursery
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