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Fruit Trees
Gladstone Apple

Malus domestica
A red flushed summer apple. Crisp yet soft and juicy with refreshing acidity and developing a raspberry to redcurrant flavour.

Origin: Worcestershire UK 1868

Pollination:  Gladstone is partially self-fertile and would produce some crop without a pollinator but would benefit considerably from a pollinator. Show suitable pollination partners



Gladstone Apple Trees for sale - order online

Please select the rootstock, age and tree form available items in the table below. The choice of rootstock is important as it determines the size to which the tree will grow when mature. Trees are available either as maidens which are untrained one year old trees or two year old trees already trained in a particular form. Reduced price trees when available are smaller one year old trees or two year old trees which have less well developed heads than our regular trees but are otherwise perfectly good healthy trees offered at a lower price. Trees are supplied bare root during the planting season from late November to early March. Further information is available below.

Rootstock / Vigour / Age / Form Availability Price Qty required
M9 - Dwarfing   1 year Maiden Available £16.50
MM106 - Semi-vigorous   1 year Maiden Available £16.50
M25 - Very vigorous   1 year Maiden 2015/16 £16.50

The availability information shown in the availability column in the table is always up-to-date.
Available means Available for supply from Nov 2014 to March 2015
2015/16 means Sold out but available for supply winter 2015/16. Orders taken from May 2015
Sold out means Sold out for supply Nov 2014 to March 2015. May be available again winter 15/16




History and description of Gladstone

Probably originated in about 1780. Rediscovered in a field by William Jackson of Blakedown Nursery, near Kidderminster, Worcestershire and introduced as Jackson’s Seedling in 1868. Received RHS First Class Certificate in 1883 and renamed Gladstone. Widely planted both commercially and in gardens and was an early market apple until the 1960’s.

A medium-sized apple. Round-conical shape. Irregular. Large uneven ribs. Often five crowned. Greenish yellow background skin colour. Partly or completely flushed and striped dark red. White flesh, tinged green. Sweet, crisp, yet soft and juicy, developing a raspberry to redcurrant flavour.

A tree of moderate vigour. Heavy cropper. Fruit tends to crack.




Main characteristics of Gladstone

Use Dessert
Colour Red
Flavour Raspberry
Fruit size  Medium
Picking time  Late July/Early Aug
Season of use  Aug

Tree vigour  Moderate
Tree habit  Upright-Spreading
Fruit bearing  Spur-bearer
Cropping Heavy
Disease resistance  Scab: Resistant
Canker: Resistant
Suitable for Northern Britain
Wet Regions

Pollination date  13
Pollination group  D
Self fertility  Partially Self Fertile
Pollinators Show suitable pollination partners
Progeny  Laxton's AdvanceLaxton's Early CrimsonLangley Pippin