Apple - Fiesta

Fiesta Apple

Malus domestica
A crisp, juicy, sweet apple with some Cox flavour which crops well and keeps extremely well.

Origin: Kent UK 1972

Pollination:  Fiesta is partially self-fertile and would produce some crop without a pollinator but would benefit considerably from a pollinator. Show suitable pollination partners

A guide to choosing Apple Trees



Fiesta Apple Trees for sale - order online

We supply trees and plants only during the winter planting season from late November to mid March. Orders placed now will not be be delivered until the winter planting season. You will not be required to pay until October but by ordering now you can ensure that the items are reserved for you and supplied as early as possible when we resume delveries in late November.
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 Availability Price Qty required
M27 - Very dwarfing   1 year Maiden Available £17.50
M27 - Very dwarfing   2 years Mini Cordon Available £26.50
M27 - Very dwarfing   2 years Step-over Available £31.00
M9 - Dwarfing   1 year Maiden Sold out £17.50
M9 - Dwarfing   2 years Espalier (2 Tier) Available £48.50
M26 - Semi-dwarfing   1 year Maiden Available £17.50
M26 - Semi-dwarfing   2 years Cordon Available £26.50
MM106 - Semi-vigorous   1 year Espalier (1 tier) Available £26.00
MM106 - Semi-vigorous   1 year Maiden Available £17.50
MM106 - Semi-vigorous   2 years Espalier (2 Tier) Available £48.50
MM106 - Semi-vigorous   2 years Fan Trained Available £48.50

The availability information shown in the availability column in the table is always up-to-date.
Available means Available for supply from Nov 2018 to March 2019
2019/20 means Sold out but available for supply winter 2019/20. Orders taken from May 2019
Sold out means Sold out for supply Nov 2018 to March 2019. May be available again winter 2019/20




History and description of Fiesta

Raised by Dr F Alston, East Malling Research Station, Kent, UK from Cox's Orange Pippin x Idared 1972. Received an Award of Merit from the RHS in 1987. Originally called Fiesta but attempts are now being made to popularise the new name Red Pippin. Grown commercially on a small scale in the UK.

Medium sized, flat-round fruit. Green skin ripening to yellow mostly covered by a crimson red flush. Very crisp and juicy white flesh. Slightly tough skin. Good sweet flavour. The literature often refers to Fiesta being similar to (and a good substitute for) Cox. This is misleading. Fiesta is much sweeter and only displays a hint of the strong aromatic flavour of Cox. It is nevertheless an excellent dessert apple in its own right. It keeps very well retaining its crispness but tending to lose its flavour in storage.

Small, compact tree suitable for crodons and espaliers. Partially self-fertile and heavy cropping. A very good garden variety.




Main characteristics of Fiesta

Use Dessert
Colour Red
Flavour Sweet
Fruit size  Medium
Picking time  Late Sep
Season of use  Oct-Mar

Tree vigour  Small
Tree habit  Spreading
Fruit bearing  Spur-bearer
Cropping Heavy
Suitable for Late Frost
Northern Britain

Pollination date  14
Pollination group  D
Self fertility  Partially Self Fertile
Pollinators Show suitable pollination partners
Parentage  Cox's Orange PippinIdared
Other names  Red Pippin