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Cox's Orange Pippin

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.  Pollination partners

Cox's Orange Pippin apple trees for sale

M27 rootstock 2 year Bush (Very dwarfing) £28.50 Sold-out
M9 rootstock 2 year Cordon (Dwarfing) £26.50
M9 rootstock 2 year Espalier (2 Tier) (Dwarfing) £48.50 Sold-out
M26 rootstock 2 year Bush (Semi-dwarfing) £28.50 Sold-out
M26 rootstock 2 year Cordon (Semi-dwarfing) £26.50 Sold-out
MM106 rootstock 1 year Espalier (1 tier) (Semi-vigorous) £26.50 Sold-out
MM106 rootstock 2 year Bush (Semi-vigorous) £28.50 Sold-out
MM106 rootstock 2 year Espalier (2 Tier) (Semi-vigorous) £48.50 Sold-out
MM106 rootstock 2 year Espalier (2 Tier) (Semi-vigorous)*Reduced price* £38.50 Sold-out
MM106 rootstock 2 year Half Standard (Semi-vigorous) £28.50 Sold-out
M25 rootstock 1 year Maiden (Very vigorous) £17.50
M25 rootstock 2 year Standard (Very vigorous) £28.50
M25 rootstock 2 year Straight Leader (Very vigorous) £28.50

*Reduced price trees have not grown sufficiently to meet our standard specification, and are therefore offered at a lower price. They should still become fully developed trees but may take a bit longer.

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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.

Characteristics of Cox's Orange Pippin apple trees

Fruit sizeMedium
Picking timeLate Sep/Early Oct
Season of useOct-Dec
Tree vigourModerate
Tree habitUpright-spreading
Suitable forLate Frost
Special featuresGood for Cider
Pollination date11
Pollination groupC
PollinatorsPollination partners
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