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Suntan apple

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

Suntan identification images

USDA identification images for Suntan

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

    Sports of this variety

    Sports are natural genetic mutations of the original variety.

    Visitor reviews

    • 28 Nov 2014  SOMERSET, United Kingdom
      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  CAMBRIDGESHIRE, United Kingdom
      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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    • Jan Huston in Castel D'Aiano, PROVINCIA DI BOLOGNA




    • Hayden in Winslow, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA

    Spring blossom records for this variety

    2022 season

    • 15th May  2022  - tree owned by Stuart in Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom

    2020 season

    • 28th April  2020  - tree owned by Jerry in Point Reyes Station, United States

    2019 season

    • 4th May  2019  - tree owned by Jerry in Point Reyes Station, United States

    2018 season

    • 7th May  2018  - tree owned by Jerry in Point Reyes Station, United States

    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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    Harvest records for this variety

    2019 season

    • 1st week October  2019  - tree owned by Jerry in Point Reyes Station, United States

    2012 season

    • 4th week September  2012  - tree owned by Andrew in Eastleigh, United Kingdom

    2011 season

    • August  2011  - tree owned by Jan in Castel D'Aiano, Italy

    2009 season

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


    • Species: Malus domestica
    • Parentage: Cox's Orange Pippin x Court Pendu Plat
    • Introduced: 1955
    • Developed by: East Malling Research


    • Picking season: Late
    • Cropping: Heavy
    • Keeping (of fruit): 1-2 months
    • Flavor style (apples): Aromatic
    • Food uses: Eating fresh
    • Food uses: Juice


    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
    • Flowering group: 5
    • Ploidy: Triploid
    • Growth habit: Spreading / Flat-topped
    • Bearing regularity: Regular


    • Cold-hardiness: Cold-hardy
    • Cold hardiness (USDA): (5) -20F / -29C
    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)
    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)


    • Country of origin: United Kingdom
    • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999
    • Flower colour: White
    • Fruit size: Large
    • Fruit colour: Orange flush

    Where to buy fresh fruit

    The following orchards grow Suntan:

    United States

    United Kingdom



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