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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 images

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USDA identification images for Winston

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

    • 11 Oct 2015  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  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
    • 13 Sep 2010  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  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


    • Species: Malus domestica
    • Parentage: Cox's Orange Pippin and Worcester Pearmain
    • Introduced: 1900


    • Ploidy: Diploid
    • Bearing regularity: Regular
    • Organic culture: Suitable


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

    Where to buy trees

    The following tree nurseries offer Winston apple trees for sale:

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    Where to buy fresh fruit

    The following orchards grow Winston:

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

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