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Winston is a direct descendant of Cox's Orange Pippin and when stored for a couple of weeks the similarities in taste becomes very clear. 

Good reasons for growing this variety of apple tree include:

  • Excellent storage capabilities (into April)
  • Well above average disease resistance
  • A compact tree well suited to smaller gardens
  • Grows well in almost all areas of the UK
  • Self-fertile so produces a good crop even as a stand alone tree

PARENTS OF WINSTON


The parents of Winston are Cox's Orange Pippin and Worcester Pearmain, both top quality apples as far as taste is concerned. This variety was bred in Berkshire during the 1920s and first released to the public in 1935.

APPEARANCE, TASTE AND CHARACTERISTICS OF WINSTON


The apples are slightly smaller than average which is probably the key reason that this variety is not grown commercially. For the amateur however, the size is not a drawback because smaller apples are frequently less prone to diseases and less likely to attract the attentions of pests.
 
Winston apple

Winston apple

When harvested straight from the tree there is a definite acidity to the flavour which is too tart for some. But leave the apples in storage for a couple of weeks and the sweetness soon emerges making this a very tasty apple. Storage is one of the key advantages with Winston, it will keep to March if kept in cool conditions, even to April if storage is spot on.

The skin is flushed red on the sun side and green-yellow on the shade side. The flesh is very pale, crunchy and juicy.

Winston apple cut in half
Crunchy flesh of a Winston apple

Far easier to grow than many apple trees, Winston requires little pruning and grows as a compact tree well suited to even small gardens.

Overall tree size is of course primarily dependant on the rootstock but also on the growing conditions. On average the following tree sizes by rootstock are for a fully grown tree after 7 years:

  • M9 rootstock - pruned height 1.8m / 6ft, unpruned height 2.5m / 8ft
     
  • M26 rootstock - pruned height 2.2m / 7ft 6in, unpruned height 3m / 9ft 6in
     
  • MM106 - pruned 3m / 9ft 6in unpruned height 4m / 13ft

GROWING A WINSTON APPLE TREE


Winston is a very trouble-free apple tree to grow and has no special requirements. Follow our simple pruning rules here, and our cultivation methods here.

PESTS, DISEASES OF WINSTON APPLE TREES


Some exaggerate its disease resistance but it is well above average as far as scab, canker and mildew are concerned. It is rarely affected by bitter pit.

BUYING A WINSTON APPLE TREE


This apple tree variety is not common in garden centres but is readily available from online fruit specialists.

 

SUMMARY CHARACTERISTICS OF WINSTON



USE
: Eating

SKIN COLOUR / TEXTURE: Yellow, green and red

FLESH COLOUR: Light cream

TASTE AND TEXTURE: Acidic when eaten fresh, a good balance of sweetness when stored for two weeks or longer

FRUIT SIZE: Slightly smaller than average

STORAGE: Five months

SUITABILITY FOR CORDONSPALIER GROWTH: Yes

TREE SIZE: Compact

REGULARITY OF CROPPING: Very regular

POLLINATION: Group 4, partially self-fertile, benefits from a nearby pollination partner

AWARDS: Awarded an RHS AGM 1993, reconfirmed in 2013.

SSPECIAL FEATURES: Stores exceptionally well, good disease resistance, grows well in almost all areas of the UK, good for small gardens.

FLOWERING AND HARVEST TIMES FOR WINSTON


The average flowering time (optimum time for pollination) and date when fruits are ripe in the UK for Winston are set out below. If you have set your home town we can give you a more accurate estimate, if you have not set your home town (do it now by clicking here) the dates below will be the average for the UK. Winston resists frost damage to its blossom better than average.

Your town has not been set, the average main flowering time for Winston in the UK is the third week of May. Fruit will be ready for harvesting in the third week of October. Click here if you want to set the dates to your home town.

Flowering and fruit picking dates vary according to the weather in any particular growing season so the above dates may well change slightly from one year to the next. The flowering date above is when the apple tree produces the maximum number of blossoms, it will also produce blossom, although less, a week or two either side of the date given.

WINSTON APPLE TREE POLLINATION


Winston is in pollination group four and is self-fertile. We list below varieties which are suitable pollination partners.
  • Arthur Turner - pollination group 3, self-sterile, cooker
     
  • Bountiful - pollination group 3, self-sterile, cooker
     
  • Braeburn - pollination group 4, self-fertile, eater
     
  • Charles Ross - pollination group 3, partially self-fertile, cooker and eater
     
  • Court of Wick - pollination group 3, self-sterile, eater and cooker
     
  • Discovery - pollination group 3, self-sterile, eating and cider
     
  • Dumelow's Seedling - pollination group 4, self-sterile, cooker
     
  • Ellison's Orange - pollination group 4, partially self-fertile, eater
     
  • Emneth Early - pollination group 3, partially self-fertile, cooker
     
  • Epicure  - pollination group 3, self-fertile, eater
     
  • Falstaff - pollination group 3, self-fertile, eater
     
  • Fiesta - pollination group 3, partially self-fertile, eater
     
  • Gala - pollination group 4, partially self-fertile, eater
     
  • Golden Delicious - pollination group 4, partially self-fertile, eater and cooker
     
  • Granny Smith - pollination group 3, self-fertile, eater and cooker
     
  • Grenadier - pollination group 3, partially self-fertile, cooker
     
  • Honeycrisp - pollination group 4, self-sterile, eater
     
  • Howgate Wonder - pollination group 3, partially self-fertile, cooker and eater
     
  • James Grieve - pollination group 3, partially self-fertile, cooker and eater
     
  • Katy - pollination group 3, self-sterile, both
     
  • Kidds Orange Red - pollination group 3, self-sterile, eater
     
  • King of The Pippins - pollination group 4, partially self-fertile, eater and cooker
     
  • Lanes Prince Albert - pollination group 4, self-sterile, cooking
     
  • Laxtons Fortune - pollination group 3, partially self-fertile, eater
     
  • Laxtons Superb - pollination group 4, partially self-fertile, eater
     
  • Lord Derby - pollination group 4, self-sterile, cooker
     
  • Merton Beauty - pollination group 5, self-sterile, eater
     
  • Newton Wonder - pollination group 4, partially self-fertile, cooker
     
  • Peasgoods Nonsuch - pollination group 3, partially self-fertile, cooker
     
  • Rajka - pollination group 4, self-sterile, eater
     
  • Red Falstaff - pollination group 3, partially self-fertile, eater
     
  • Scrumptious - pollination group 3, self-fertile, eater
     
  • Sops in Wine - pollination group 3, self-sterile, juicer
     
  • Spartan - pollination group 3, self-fertile, eater
     
  • Sunset - pollination group 3, self-fertile, eater
     
  • Tydemans Late Orange - pollination group 4, self-sterile, eater
     
  • Waltz - pollination group 3, self-sterile, eater

The full list of apple tree varieties which we have reviewed is listed below. Select any one of them and then click the "More Information" button to be taken to the in depth review: