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Winston apple


This apple started life as Winter King but in 1944 it was renamed Winston.

It is a high quality, late-keeping apple with creamy- white flesh, firm, juicy and a little sharp but mellowing to be sweet and aromatic.

Whilst Winston has many of the flavour characteristics of Cox's Orange Pippin, its horticultural characteristics - fortunately - take after its other parent, Worcester Pearmain.  Hence it is resistant to most diseases, easy to grow, and crops reliably.



Winston identification photos from official fruit collections

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Visitor reviews

  • 11 Oct 2015  Peter j,  HERTFORDSHIRE, United Kingdom
    I have had this tree for 30+ years, and nearly always get a good crop from it, though the fruit is often on the small side, even after thinning. However, I thoroughly recommend this variety because of its exceptionally long season of use. I find it pleasant to eat straight from the tree when picked from late September onwards, yet I find it will keep until March or even longer, retaining its good flavour and crisp texture pretty well, if stored in an unheated room. My other late-keeping variety, Sturmer Pippin, will keep at least as long if picked in late autumn, but is virtually inedible until January or later.
  • 24 Oct 2010  Alison Warner,  SUSSEX, United Kingdom
    We used to sort and store these for my mother, all the ones which weren't fit to store were taken to a cider press after a week and juiced. The juice was superb really strong and really tasty. Some lasted to March/April Now trying the juice from the community orchard. see blog www.lemonaday.com
  • 13 Sep 2010  N. Buck,  CAMBRIDGESHIRE, United Kingdom
    I agree - a good performer and forms an attractive, easy-to-grow, fairly-trouble-free tree. The apples are quite sharp when picked and are best if stored for several weeks after picking. In simple cool storage, the apples should keep for a few months, maybe several months. The apples can be quite small if not thinned, but I find that smaller apples are less attractive to pests, so I don't thin mine and I accept "lunchbox" or "fun sized" fruits. In a garden situation, without the benefit of hives of bees shipped-in by orchards for pollination, Winston's very fertile blossoms (which seem to have some frost tolerance) can be useful to help obtain a good crop when other varieties fail. Many commentators praise Winston's resistance to scab and mildew, but I find that although its resistance is adequate in most seasons, it is not as highly-disease-resistant as is often implied. "Some resistance" to scab and mildew would be a better description than "very resistant". A very good tree and I highly recommend it as an easy-to-grow, attractive, not-too-troublesome, reliable, late-keeping apple.
  • 07 Aug 2010  P. Dando,  CORNWALL, United Kingdom
    One of the most reliable croppers that stores well in air, crisp and good-flavoured. It should be more comonly grown.

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Spring blossom records for this variety

2016 season

  • 12th May  2016  - tree owned by Cheuk in Amsterdam, Netherlands

2010 season

  • 20th May  2010  - tree owned by Maureen in Eyemouth, United Kingdom
  • 7th May  2010  - tree owned by Stuart in Newbury, United Kingdom
  • 4th May  2010  - tree owned by N. in Cambridge, United Kingdom

2009 season

  • 25th April  2009  - tree owned by N. in Cambridge, United Kingdom

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Harvest records for this variety

2018 season

  • 3rd week October  2018  - tree owned by Tessa in KINGSTON, United Kingdom

2017 season

  • 2nd week October  2017  - tree owned by Robert in Enfield, United Kingdom

2016 season

  • 2nd week November  2016  - tree owned by Cheuk in Amsterdam, Netherlands

2010 season

  • August  2010  - tree owned by Hazel in Cheadle Hulme, United Kingdom

2009 season

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

Origins

  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Cox's Orange Pippin and Worcester Pearmain
  • Originates from: Berkshire, England, United Kingdom
  • Introduced: 1900
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1062
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1974-410

Identification

  • Bultitude apple group: 7. Flushed / striped, some russeting, sweet

Growing

  • Flowering period: Mid-Late season
  • Flowering group: 4
  • Fertility: Self-fertile
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Slightly small

Other qualities

  • Awards: RHS AGM 1993

Parents and other ancestors of this variety


Diseases

  • Canker  - Some resistance
  • Scab  - Very resistant


Where to buy trees

The following fruit tree nurseries offer Winston apple trees for sale:

  • Keepers Nursery
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Where to buy fresh fruit

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References

  • Apples of England (1948)
    Author: Taylor
  • Fruit Expert
    Author: Hessayon


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