Apple - Ben's Red

Ben's Red Apple

Malus domestica
An old Cornish summer apple similar to Devonshire Quarrenden

Origin: Cornwall UK 1830

Pollination:  Ben's Red is self-sterile and would require a pollinator to produce a crop. Show suitable pollination partners

A guide to choosing Apple Trees

Ben's Red 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
M25 - Very vigorous   1 year Maiden

History and description of Ben's Red

Raised from a Devonshire Quarrenden seedling possibly pollinated by Farleigh Pippin by B Roberts, Trannack, Cornwall, UK c1830. Introduced in 1890's by the nurseryman G Bunyard of Maidstone, Kent. Received RHS Award of Merit 1899. Grown commercially in Kent until the 1920's in place of Worcester Pearmain and sold as 'Quarrenden' apples. Traditionally propagated from cuttings in its native Cornwall.

Medium sized, flat-round fruit. Dark maroon flush covering most of the pale greenish yellow skin. Pale cream flesh often tinged pink. Crisp and sweet with a strawberry flavour. Very similar to Devonshire Quarrenden but with better flavour and a slightly later season.

Small, spreading tree. Heavy cropper but with a biennial tendency.

Main characteristics of Ben's Red

Use Dessert
Colour Red
Flavour Strawberry
Fruit size  Medium
Picking time  Early Sep
Season of use  Sep

Tree vigour  Small
Tree habit  Spreading
Fruit bearing  Spur-bearer
Cropping Heavy

Pollination date  6
Pollination group  B
Self fertility  Self-sterile
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