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Stirling Castle

An old cooking apple originally from Scotland and once widely grown throughout the UK.

Origin: Scotland, 1820

Pollination: Stirling Castle is partially self-fertile and would produce some crop without a pollinator but would benefit considerably from a pollinator.  Pollination partners

Stirling Castle apple trees produced to order

We do not stock this variety, but we can produce trees for you through our custom grafting service. Trees can be grafted on any of the following rootstocks:

  • CG-1Stirling Castle tree custom-grafted on M9 rootstock (Dwarfing)£39.00 each
  • CG-2Stirling Castle tree custom-grafted on M26 rootstock (Semi-dwarfing)£39.00 each
  • CG-3Stirling Castle tree custom-grafted on MM106 rootstock (Semi-vigorous)£39.00 each
  • CG-4Stirling Castle tree custom-grafted on MM111 rootstock (Vigorous)£39.00 each
  • CG-5Stirling Castle tree custom-grafted on M25 rootstock (Very vigorous)£39.00 each

If you wish to go order please fill in our contact form in the first instance, stating your name, full address, and the rootstock(s) you wish the tree(s) to be grafted on. You will need to contact us before June.

Propagation is carried out in late July / early August, and the grafted trees would be available for supply in December the following year (approximately 14 months later).

History and description of Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle apple was raised in the 1820's by John Christie, a nurseryman who also kept a toy shop at Causey Head, near Stirling, Scotland. Introduced by Drummonds Nursery, Stirling. First recorded in 1831. Widely grown in the 19th century. Fell out of favour with commercial growers in the 1920-30's when it was found to be damaged by lime sulphur sprays which were widely used at the time. Still a popular garden variety in the North and Scotland.

A large cooking apple. Round to flat-round shape and regular. Bright green colour becoming very pale clear yellow with a slight orange flush. White flesh, very soft and juicy and acid. Cooks to a sharp white puree with plenty of fruity flavour.

A tree of weak vigour with attractive blossom. Heavy cropper.

Characteristics of Stirling Castle apple trees

Fruit sizeLarge
Picking timeMid Sep
Season of useSep-Dec
Tree vigourSmall
Tree habitUpright-spreading
Disease resistanceMildew - Slightly susceptible
Scab - Very resistant
Suitable forNorthern Britain
Wet Regions
Special featuresAttractive Blossom
Pollination date11
Pollination groupC
Self-fertilityPartially self-fertile
PollinatorsPollination partners