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Red Falstaff® apple

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

Red Falstaff identification images

USDA identification images for Red Falstaff

The identification paintings in the USDA Pomological Watercolor Collection span the years 1886 to 1942.

    Citation: U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection. Rare and Special Collections, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD 20705.


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

    Parents and other ancestors of this variety

    Visitor reviews

    • 14 Dec 2016  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  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

    • 29th April  2021  - tree owned by Georgina in Oxford, United Kingdom
    • 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


    • 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


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


    • Cold hardiness (RHS): H6 (to -20C)
    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)


    • Country of origin: United Kingdom
    • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999
    • Flower colour: Pink - light
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Fruit colour: Red

    Where to buy fresh fruit

    The following orchards grow Red Falstaff:

    United Kingdom

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