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Scarlet Pimpernel



A very early attractive looking but quite sharp dessert apple.

Origin: USA, 1938

Pollination: Scarlet Pimpernel is self-sterile and would require a pollinator to produce a crop.  Pollination partners

Scarlet Pimpernel apple trees produced to order

We do not stock this variety, but we can produce trees for you through our custom grafting service. Trees can be grafted on any of the following rootstocks:

  • CG-1Scarlet Pimpernel tree custom-grafted on M9 rootstock (Dwarfing)£39.00 each
  • CG-2Scarlet Pimpernel tree custom-grafted on M26 rootstock (Semi-dwarfing)£39.00 each
  • CG-3Scarlet Pimpernel tree custom-grafted on MM106 rootstock (Semi-vigorous)£39.00 each
  • CG-4Scarlet Pimpernel tree custom-grafted on MM111 rootstock (Vigorous)£39.00 each
  • CG-5Scarlet Pimpernel tree custom-grafted on M25 rootstock (Very vigorous)£39.00 each

If you wish to go order please fill in our contact form in the first instance, stating your name, full address, and the rootstock(s) you wish the tree(s) to be grafted on. You will need to contact us before June.

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).

History and description of Scarlet Pimpernel

Discovered by Douglas Boner at Orofino, Idaho, USA 1938. Introduced by Stark Bros, Missouri 1944. Formerly grown as an early commercial variety.

Medium to small sized, round conical, frequently irregular shaped fruit. Very attractive looking. Bright crimson flush over a pale cream coloured skin. Soft, juicy, white flesh. Refreshing, sharp taste with a hint of bitterness. Fruit bruise easily and go soft quickly after picking. Best eaten from the tree.

Moderately vigorous, spreading tree. Heavy cropper which may need thinning to produce good sized fruit. Resistant to scab but susceptible to mildew

Characteristics of Scarlet Pimpernel apple trees

UseDessert
ColourRed
FlavourSharp
Fruit sizeSmall
Picking timeEarly/Mid Aug
Season of useAug
Tree vigourModerate
Tree habitSpreading
Fruit-bearingSpur-bearer
CroppingHeavy
Disease resistanceMildew - Susceptible
Scab - Resistant
Pollination date3
Pollination groupA
Self-fertilitySelf-sterile
PollinatorsPollination partners