Apple - Cox's Orange Pippin

Cox's Orange Pippin Apple

Malus domestica
Regarded as the finest of English apples with an intense aromatic flavour rarely matched by any other.

Origin: Buckinghamshire UK 1825

Pollination:  Cox's Orange Pippin is self-sterile and would require a pollinator to produce a crop. Show suitable pollination partners

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Cox's Orange Pippin Apple Trees for sale - order online

Please select the rootstock, age and tree form available items in the table below. The choice of rootstock is important as it determines the size to which the tree will grow when mature. Trees are available either as maidens which are untrained one year old trees or two year old trees already trained in a particular form. Reduced price trees when available are smaller one year old trees or two year old trees which have less well developed heads than our regular trees but are otherwise perfectly good healthy trees offered at a lower price. Trees are supplied bare root during the planting season from late November to early March. Further information is available below.

Rootstock / Vigour / Age / Form
M27 - Very dwarfing   1 year Maiden
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M9 - Dwarfing   1 year Maiden
M9 - Dwarfing   2 years Espalier (2 Tier)
M26 - Semi-dwarfing   1 year Maiden
M26 - Semi-dwarfing   2 years Bush
M26 - Semi-dwarfing   2 years Bush *Reduced Price*
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M26 - Semi-dwarfing   2 years Cordon
MM106 - Semi-vigorous   1 year Espalier (1 tier)
MM106 - Semi-vigorous   1 year Maiden
MM106 - Semi-vigorous   2 years Espalier (2 Tier)
MM106 - Semi-vigorous   2 years Half Standard
M25 - Very vigorous   1 year Maiden
M25 - Very vigorous   2 years Half Standard *Reduced Price*
M25 - Very vigorous   2 years Standard
M25 - Very vigorous   2 years Standard *Reduced Price*

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History and description of Cox's Orange Pippin

Cox's Orange Pippin was raised by a retired brewer called Richard Cox at Colnbrook Lawn, Slough, Buckinghamshire, UK c 1825. Believed to have been a Ribston Pippin seedling. Introduced by Smales & Son, Colnbrook c 1850. Was first grown commercially c 1862 by Thomas Rivers in Hertfordshire. More extensive planting around London and in Kent followed until disease problems led to its decline in the early 1900's. Commercial planting was revived after the introduction of lime sulphur sprays in 1920's. It has since become the most widely grown dessert variety in the UK. It is also grown in NewZealand and continental Europe. Received an Award of Merit and a First Class Certificate from the RHS in 1962.

Medium sized, round conical fruit. Greenish yellow skin ripening golden yellow covered with orange-red flush and broken stripes. Some small russet patches. Firm, juicy, cream flesh. Sweet but with plenty of balancing acidity. Intensely aromatic, complex flavour. Regarded as the finest of English dessert apples. Flavour improves with storage but loses its crispness if stored for too long.

Moderately vigorous tree. Rather susceptible disease. Unsuitable for colder and more humid regions, or for organic cultivation. A very difficult variety to grow. Less experienced gardeners would be well advised to substitute Cox with alternative varieties such as Sunset or Ellison's Orange which are much easier to grow.

Main characteristics of Cox's Orange Pippin

Use Dessert
Colour Flushed
Flavour Aromatic
Fruit size  Medium
Picking time  Late Sep/Early Oct
Season of use  Oct-Dec

Tree vigour  Moderate
Tree habit  Upright-Spreading
Fruit bearing  Spur-bearer
Cropping Good
Suitable for Late Frost
Special features Good for Cider

Pollination date  11
Pollination group  C
Self fertility  Self-sterile
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Parentage  Ribston Pippin (?)
Progeny  Acme (?)AcmeLaxton's AdvanceAlkmeneAllington PippinArthur W BarnesBarnack OrangeBarnack OrangeBountifulCaptain KiddCarswell's HoneydewCarswell's OrangeCarswell's OrangeCharles RossCharles RossNuvar™ Cheerfull Gold™Clopton RedCobraDownton PippinEdith HopwoodEllison's OrangeExquisiteLaxton's FavouriteFiestaLaxton's FortuneFrancisNuvar® FrecklesFreybergGloucester CrossGolden NuggetHereford CrossHerefordshire RussetHigh View PippinHolstein (?)Ingrid MarieJames Grieve (?)JupiterKarmijn de SonnavilleKentKidd's Orange RedKing George VLangley PippinLaxton's PearmainLaxton's TriumphLynn's PippinMerton BeautyMerton CharmMeridianMerton RussetMerton WorcesterMillicent BarnesOrangenburgPixie (?)Polly ProsserPrins BernhardPrince CharlesRivalRosy BlenheimRubensRubinette (?)Ruby (Thorrington)St CeciliaSt EverardSunsetSuntanLaxton's SuperbTydeman's Late OrangeWilliam CrumpWinston
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