Apple Tree - Foxwhelp
Origin: Gloucestershire, pre-1600
Apple Taste: Bittersharp
Flowering Group : 2
Size : Maiden
Harvest : September
Vigour : Medium
One of the oldest - and best - cider apples there is - Foxwhelp seems to have originated on the Herefordshire / Gloucestershire borders in the 1600s. Foxwhelp makes an excellent and distinctive crisp, dry single varietal cider. Attractive small red apples too. A Devonshire gent wrote of it in 1727: "This is an apple long known, and of late years has acquired a much greater reputation than it had formerly. The fruit is rather small than middle-sized, in shape long, and all over of a dark red colour. I have been told by a person of credit that a hogshead of cider from this fruit has been sold in London for £8 or eight guineas, and that often a hogshead of French wine has been given in exchange for the same quantity of Foxwhelp."
Photo: Wittenham Hill Cider Portal
Supplier : R.V.Roger Ltd.
We donate half of our profit on sales of Foxwhelp apple trees to Common Ground
Depending on the tannin and acidity of their juice, cider apples are divided into bittersweets, bittersharps, sweets, and sharps. Most cider orchards are a mixture of varieties, making a blended cider, but there are some individual ciders made - for example, Kingston Black, Dabinett, and Foxwhelp. They will only grow in the West, where conditions suit them, and are particularly concentrated in Somerset and Herefordshire. See our section on Pollination Groups to help you select your apple trees.
As the norm we use M106 (or "MM106") rootstocks for all of our apple trees, and sometimes the larger M25. These rootstocks were created specifically for use in the UK and produce healthy, heavy cropping trees for our weather conditions. M106 produces a medium sized apple tree, between 3 and 4 metres, which can also be trained into a fan, cordon or espalier. M25 rootstock will produce the 4m plus standard trees of a traditional orchard, where they would be planted between 6 and 8 metres apart. Please refer to our size guide for details.
Like all our apple trees, we offer Foxwhelp bare root. At the height of the lifting season - between November and March - there may be up to a month's delay between placing the order and dispatching due to pressure of orders, which are dealt with in date sequence, and the weather. Please consult our planting and care guide on receipt of your order.