Apple Tree - Foxwhelp
Origin: Gloucestershire, pre 1664
Apple Taste : Bittersharp
Flowering Group: 2
Size : Maiden
Harvest : September
Vigour : Medium
Foxwhelp is one of the oldest cider apples in the country. Evelyn wrote about it admiringly, and by the early 18th century it had come to be so valued that hogsheads were being sold in London for the astronomical sum of eight guineas. Foxwhelp cider remains one of the very best single varietal ciders you can find - if you can find it, as the trees remain very rare. It's strong (around 11% alcohol) and tannic. There are more modern Foxwhelp sports available too, generally with similar looking pretty red apples.
Supplier : R.V.Roger Ltd.
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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 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.
Our Foxwhelp apple trees are 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. Orders for apple trees from March to September are confirmed in late October/ early November ready for dispatch from November. Please consult our planting and care guide on receipt of your order.