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Christmas Pippin



A new apple with Cox like aromatic flavour but sweeter and easier to grow than Cox.

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

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

Unlike most other new apple varieties which are are produced through modern scientific breeding programmes Christmas Pippin was discovered in the old fashioned way as a roadside seedling. Its parentage is therefore not known but features of the fruit and the tree suggest that Cox's Orange Pippin and Gala may be involved.

Medium sized, round conical fruit. Scarlet flush over a pale greenish yellow skin. Similar to Cox's Orange Pippin in appearance but with the more yellow colours of Sunset. Crisp, juicy cream coloured flesh. Sweet with some of the aromatic character of Cox's Orange Pippin.

Christmas Pippin is easy to grow making it a good garden alternative to Cox particularly for those who prefer sweeter apples.

Characteristics of Christmas Pippin apple trees

UseDessert
ColourFlushed
FlavourSweet-sharp
Fruit sizeMedium
Picking timeEarly Oct
Season of useOct-Dec
Tree vigourSmall
Tree habitUpright-spreading
Fruit-bearingSpur-bearer
CroppingHeavy
Pollination date10
Pollination groupC
Self-fertilitySelf-sterile
PollinatorsPollination partners