Apple - Benenden Early

Benenden Early Apple

Malus domestica
A very pretty red striped apple with very good flavour for a summer apple.

Origin: Hampshire UK 1945

Pollination:  Benenden Early is self-sterile and would require a pollinator to produce a crop. Show suitable pollination partners

A guide to choosing Apple Trees

Benenden Early 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
M26 - Semi-dwarfing   1 year Maiden

History and description of Benenden Early

Raised by J J Gibbons, Southampton c 1945 from St Edmunds Pippin x Lady Sudeley. Introduced by Stuart Low, Benenden, Kent 1952. Large flat-round irregular ribbed fruit with brilliant red stripes over a pale greenish yellow skin resembling Lady Sudeley. Firm, slightly chewy but quite juicy yellow flesh with a good balance of acidity and sweetness and some of rich flavour of St Edmunds Pippin. Can be very good at its best but may lack flavour at other times. It is prone to cracking.

Main characteristics of Benenden Early

Use Dessert
Colour Flushed
Flavour Rich
Fruit size  Medium
Picking time  Mid Aug
Season of use  Aug-Sep

Tree vigour  Moderate
Tree habit  Upright-Spreading
Fruit bearing  Spur-bearer

Pollination date  11
Pollination group  C
Self fertility  Self-sterile
Pollinators Show suitable pollination partners
Parentage  St Edmund's PippinLady Sudeley