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Red Falstaff® apple

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

Red Falstaff identification photos

UK National Fruit Collection
UK National Fruit Collection
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  • Red Falstaff - a sport of Falstaff with an attractive red flush
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  • Red Falstaff in blossom
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  • Red Falstaff tree, M9 rootstock - note the heavy crop which is typical of this variety
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  • Blossom
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Visitor reviews

  • 14 Dec 2016  Colindun,  ROSS & CROMARTY, United Kingdom
    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  Steve,  DEVON, United Kingdom
    Agree with the tasting rating and I do have problems with scab on this apple

Tree register

United Kingdom




  • Angie in Jalon, ALICANTE

Spring blossom records for this variety

2021 season

  • 20th April  2021  - tree owned by deadbird in Epsom, United Kingdom

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

2010 season

2009 season

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Harvest records for this variety

2017 season

  • 2nd week October  2017  - tree owned by deadbird in Epsom, United Kingdom
  • 2nd week October  2017  - tree owned by deadbird in Epsom, United Kingdom

2016 season

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

2013 season

2011 season

2010 season

2009 season


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: James Grieve x Golden Delicious
  • Introduced: 1983
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1590


  • Picking season: Late
  • Cropping: Heavy Falstaff is one of the heaviest-cropping varieties available
  • Keeping (of fruit): 1-2 months
  • Flavor style (apples): Sweet/Sharp
  • Food uses: Eating fresh
  • Food uses: Juice
  • Discoloration of fruit: Oxidising


  • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Bearing regularity: Regular


  • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)


  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999
  • Fruit colour: Red

Where to buy fresh fruit

United Kingdom

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