Apple - Suntan

Suntan Apple

Malus domestica
A handsome late dessert apple, rich, sweet, with plenty of pineapple-like acidity and very aromatic.

Origin: Kent UK 1956

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

A guide to choosing Apple Trees

Suntan 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
M9 - Dwarfing   1 year Maiden
M26 - Semi-dwarfing   1 year Maiden
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MM106 - Semi-vigorous   1 year Maiden
MM106 - Semi-vigorous   2 years Espalier (2 Tier)
MM106 - Semi-vigorous   2 years Half Standard
M25 - Very vigorous   1 year Maiden
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M25 - Very vigorous   2 years Standard

History and description of Suntan

Suntan apple was raised in 1956 by H M Tydeman at East Malling Research Station, Kent, UK from a Cox's Orange Pippin x Court Pendu Plat. Received the R H S Award of Merit in 1980 and the Award of Garden Merit in 1993.

It is medium/large sized apple with a regular flat-round shape. It has an attractive autumnal colour: Flushed bright orange red on golden yellow with short, broken dark red stripes and russet patches. Deep cream flesh, rich and sweet, very aromatic and with lots of pineapple-like acidity. May be rather sharp when first picked and is best stored eaten in December or later.

A spreading triploid tree of great vigour. Good cropper but prone to canker and bitter pit.

Main characteristics of Suntan

Use Dessert
Colour Flushed
Flavour Aromatic
Fruit size  Medium
Picking time  Early/Mid Oct
Season of use  Nov-Dec

Tree vigour  Vigorous
Tree habit  Spreading
Fruit bearing  Spur-bearer
Cropping Good
Disease resistance  Canker: Susceptible
Scab: Resistant
Mildew: Resistant
Suitable for Late Frost
Northern Britain

Pollination date  20
Pollination group  F
Self fertility  Self-sterile Triploid
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Parentage  Cox's Orange PippinCourt Pendu Plat