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An old English dual purpose apple with a distinctive curled fleshy stalk.

Origin: Surrey UK, 1872

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

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

First recorded in England in 1872. So called because the king fruits have a fleshy stalk which curls round like a tail.

Medium sized fruit, flat-round, irregular, distinctly ribbed at the base. The numerous king fruits are round with a fleshy curved stalk. Bright green becoming clear yellow with an occasional slight red flush when fully ripe. The skin is smooth and slightly greasy. The flesh is white, tinged green, lacking flavour. A dual purpose apple. Cooks to a sweet puree.

A very vigorous tree. Inclined to be tip-bearing.

Characteristics of Curltail apple trees

UseDual Cul & Des
Fruit sizeMedium
Picking timeMid Sep
Season of useSep-Nov
Tree vigourVigorous
Tree habitUpright-spreading
Fruit-bearingPartial tip-bearer
Pollination date17
Pollination groupE
PollinatorsPollination partners