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

Origin: Kent UK, 1956

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

Suntan apple trees for sale

M9 rootstock 1 year Maiden (Dwarfing) £20.50 Sold-out
M26 rootstock 1 year Maiden (Semi-dwarfing) £20.50 Sold-out

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.

Characteristics of Suntan apple trees

Fruit sizeMedium
Picking timeEarly/Mid Oct
Season of useNov-Dec
Tree vigourVigorous
Tree habitSpreading
Disease resistanceCanker - Susceptible
Scab - Resistant
Mildew - Resistant
Suitable forLate Frost
Northern Britain
Pollination date20
Pollination groupF
Self-fertilitySelf-sterile triploid
PollinatorsPollination partners
ParentageCourt Pendu Plat
Cox's Orange Pippin