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Ben's Red

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.  Pollination partners

Ben's Red apple trees for sale

M26 rootstock 1 year Maiden (Semi-dwarfing) £20.50 Sold-out

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.

Characteristics of Ben's Red apple trees

Fruit sizeMedium
Picking timeEarly Sep
Season of useSep
Tree vigourSmall
Tree habitSpreading
Pollination date6
Pollination groupB
PollinatorsPollination partners