Apple - Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle Apple

Malus domestica
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. Show suitable pollination partners

A guide to choosing Apple Trees



Stirling Castle Apple Trees for sale - order online

We supply trees and plants only during the winter planting season from late November to mid March. Orders placed now will not be be delivered until the winter planting season. You will not be required to pay until October but by ordering now you can ensure that the items are reserved for you and supplied as early as possible when we resume delveries in late November.
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
MM111 - Vigorous   1 year Maiden Available £17.50

The availability information shown in the availability column in the table is always up-to-date.
Available means Available for supply from Nov 2018 to March 2019
2019/20 means Sold out but available for supply winter 2019/20. Orders taken from May 2019
Sold out means Sold out for supply Nov 2018 to March 2019. May be available again winter 2019/20




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.




Main characteristics of Stirling Castle

Use Culinary
Colour Green
Flavour Fruity
Fruit size  Large
Picking time  Mid Sep
Season of use  Sep-Dec

Tree vigour  Small
Tree habit  Upright-Spreading
Fruit bearing  Spur-bearer
Cropping Heavy
Disease resistance  Mildew: Slightly susceptible
Scab: Very resistant
Suitable for Northern Britain
Wet Regions
Special features Attractive Blossom

Pollination date  11
Pollination group  C
Self fertility  Partially Self Fertile
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