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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 photos from official fruit collections

UK National Fruit Collection

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Visitor reviews

  • 28 Nov 2014  Peter,  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  N. Buck,  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.

Tree register

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France

Italy

  • Jan Huston in Castel D'Aiano, PROVINCIA DI BOLOGNA

Australia

  • Hayden in Winslow, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA

Spring blossom records for this variety

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

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

Origins

  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Cox's Orange Pippin x Court Pendu Plat
  • Originates from: England, United Kingdom
  • Introduced: 1955
  • Developed by: East Malling Research
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1937
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1980-084

Using

  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Flavour quality: Very good
  • Flavour style: Sweet/Sharp
  • Harvest period: Late season
  • Use / keeping: 2-3 weeks

Growing

  • Cropping: Good
  • Flowering period: Late season
  • Flowering group: 5
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Ploidy: Triploid
  • Pollinating others: Poor
  • Vigour: Slightly large

Parents and other ancestors of this variety


Diseases

  • Mildew  - Some susceptibility


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References

  • Fruit Expert
    Author: Hessayon


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