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Benenden Early

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.  Pollination partners

Benenden Early apple trees produced to order

We do not stock this variety, but it is available through our custom bud-grafting service.

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). You can choose the number of trees and the rootstock(s) you want the trees grafted on.

Read more about our Grafting service here.

If you wish to order a grafted tree of this variety please fill in our contact form in the first instance.

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.

Characteristics of Benenden Early apple trees

Fruit sizeMedium
Picking timeMid Aug
Season of useAug-Sep
Tree vigourModerate
Tree habitUpright-spreading
Pollination date11
Pollination groupC
PollinatorsPollination partners
ParentageLady Sudeley
St Edmund's Pippin