Apple - Scarlet Pimpernel

Scarlet Pimpernel Apple

Malus domestica
A very early attractive looking but quite ssharp dessert apple.

Origin: USA 1938

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

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Scarlet Pimpernel Apple Trees for sale - order online

We currently produce this variety to order only through our bud-grafting service. You cannot order on line. If you wish to order please contact us using the messaging facility on the contact us page. Let us have your name, postal address, telephone and email address as well as which variety you would like us to produce, how many and on what rootstock. Bud-grafting is carried out in late July and early August. The trees would be supplied approximately 18 months later. We normally need to have received orders by the beginning of July. Please click here for full details of our bud-grafting service.


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



Main characteristics of Scarlet Pimpernel

Use Dessert
Colour Red
Flavour Sharp
Fruit size  Small
Picking time  Early/Mid Aug
Season of use  Aug

Tree vigour  Moderate
Tree habit  Spreading
Fruit bearing  Spur-bearer
Cropping Heavy
Disease resistance  Mildew: Susceptible
Scab: Resistant

Pollination date  3
Pollination group  A
Self fertility  Self-sterile
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Other names  Stark's Earliest