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Gladstone



A red flushed summer apple. Quite sharp with a raspberry or redcurrant flavour.

Origin: Worcestershire UK, 1868

Pollination: Gladstone is partially self-fertile and would produce some crop without a pollinator but would benefit considerably from a pollinator.  Pollination partners

Gladstone 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 Gladstone

Probably originated in about 1780. Rediscovered in a field by William Jackson of Blakedown Nursery, near Kidderminster, Worcestershire and introduced as Jackson’s Seedling in 1868. Received RHS First Class Certificate in 1883 and renamed Gladstone. Widely planted both commercially and in gardens and was an early market apple until the 1960’s.

A medium-sized apple. Round-conical shape. Irregular. Large uneven ribs. Often five crowned. Greenish yellow background skin colour. Partly or completely flushed and striped dark red. White flesh, tinged green. Sweet, crisp, yet soft and juicy, developing a raspberry to redcurrant flavour.

A tree of moderate vigour. Heavy cropper. Fruit tends to crack.

Characteristics of Gladstone apple trees

UseDessert
ColourRed
FlavourRaspberry
Fruit sizeMedium
Picking timeLate July/Early Aug
Season of useAug
Tree vigourModerate
Tree habitUpright-spreading
Fruit-bearingSpur-bearer
CroppingHeavy
Disease resistanceScab - Resistant
Canker - Resistant
Suitable forNorthern Britain
Wet Regions
Pollination date13
Pollination groupD
Self-fertilityPartially self-fertile
PollinatorsPollination partners
ProgenyLaxton's Advance
Laxton's Early Crimson
Langley Pippin