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

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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M27 - Very dwarfing   2 years Mini Cordon
M27 - Very dwarfing   2 years Step-over
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M9 - Dwarfing   1 year Maiden
M9 - Dwarfing   2 years Espalier (2 Tier)
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M26 - Semi-dwarfing   1 year Maiden
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M26 - Semi-dwarfing   2 years Cordon
MM106 - Semi-vigorous   1 year Espalier (1 tier)
MM106 - Semi-vigorous   1 year Espalier (1 tier) *Reduced Price*
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MM106 - Semi-vigorous   1 year Maiden
MM106 - Semi-vigorous   2 years Espalier (2 Tier)
MM106 - Semi-vigorous   2 years Fan Trained
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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
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Parentage  Cox's Orange PippinIdared
Other names  Red Pippin