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

We supply trees and plants only during the winter planting season from late November to mid March. Orders placed now will not be be delivered until the winter planting season. You will not be required to pay until October but by ordering now you can ensure that the items are reserved for you and supplied as early as possible when we resume delveries in late November.
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 Availability Price Qty required
M9 - Dwarfing   1 year Maiden Available £17.50
M26 - Semi-dwarfing   1 year Maiden Available £17.50
MM106 - Semi-vigorous   1 year Maiden Available £17.50
MM106 - Semi-vigorous   2 years Espalier (2 Tier) Available £48.50
MM106 - Semi-vigorous   2 years Half Standard Available £28.50
M25 - Very vigorous   1 year Maiden Available £17.50
M25 - Very vigorous   2 years Standard Available £28.50

The availability information shown in the availability column in the table is always up-to-date.
Available means Available for supply from Nov 2018 to March 2019
2019/20 means Sold out but available for supply winter 2019/20. Orders taken from May 2019
Sold out means Sold out for supply Nov 2018 to March 2019. May be available again winter 2019/20




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