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Sunburst apple

Sunburst is a new apple variety, developed in the UK. It features a bright orange-flushed skin, and a pale pink marbled flesh.

The parentage is originally Gala and Falstaff, and the apples have a close resemblance to the latter.

The pink flesh is the result of anthocyanin pigments, probably from the introduction of a pink-fleshed variety in the initial development. The flavor of many pink-fleshed varieties can be disappointing, but getting the flavor right was one of the main aims of the development team for Sunburst.

The variety has been promoted by UK supermarket chain Waitrose in time for Halloween - not surprising, given its pumpkin-like colors.

USDA identification images for Sunburst

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.

    Parents and other ancestors of this variety

    Visitor reviews

    • 10 Mar 2024 
      Hi, I haven’t tasted sunburst but am looking for a semi standard apple tree to pollinate our Lane’s Prince Albert, as our Red Falstaff got badly diseased. We are at about 800 feet in the South Yorkshire Pennines.

    Tree register

    We don't have any registered trees for this variety yet. If you have a Sunburst tree you can register it here.


    • Species: Malus domestica - Apple
    • Parentage: Gala, Falstaff, Pink Pearl
    • Originates from: United Kingdom
    • Introduced: 2006
    • Developed by: NIAB EMR


    • Country of origin: United Kingdom
    • Period of origin: 2000
    • Flesh colour: Pink / Red
    • Fruit size: Average


    • Picking season: Mid
    • Keeping (of fruit): 2-3 weeks
    • Flavour quality: Good
    • Flavour style (apples): Sweet/Sharp
    • Cropping: Good
    • Food uses: Eating fresh
    • Food uses: Juice


    • Gardening skill: Average
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Ploidy: Diploid
    • Vigour: Average vigour
    • Attractive features: Attractive fruit
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile

    Where to buy fresh fruit

    No orchards have registered as growing this variety. If you grow this and want to register please go to our Orchard Registration form.

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