Black Dabinett apple trees produce a mid to late season, vintage quality cider apple. The fruit is larger than your average cider apple and they are a real sight in late-October and into November when you see them against nearly leafless wood. They have wonderful, deep but shiny purple skin sometimes touched with green. The tree itself is fairly vigorous and is a regular heavy cropper. The Dabinetts are a mainstay of cider farmers, with a mellow bittersweet flavour of vintage quality, meaning that it can be used to make full-bodied cider without needing to be mixed with other apples. We especially recommend Black Dabinett if you are planning on only having one variety of cider apple tree. The apples ripen during November. All of our Black Dabinett trees are grown on MM106 rootstocks.
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Characteristics of Black Dabinett Trees:
Pollination Partners for Black Dabinett:
Your trees are self-fertile and are in pollination Group D which means that they will cross-pollinate with other apple trees in pollination Groups C, D and E.
See our Guide to Apple Tree Pollination for a full list of partners & more tips about pollination.
Black Dabinett Disease notes:
Disease resistance: Scab, Brown Rot.
History & Parentage:
It hails from Kingsbury Episcopi in Somerset. The original Dabinett tree was found by chance, growing in a hedge, at the start of the 20th century by William Dabinett; this variety is superior in size and flavour. The trees are known locally as Tommy Rodfords.