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Golden Pippin

a very old variety. Intense fruity flavour also used for cooking and cider.

Origin: Sussex UK, 1629

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

Golden Pippin apple trees produced to order

We do not stock this variety, but it is available through our custom bud-grafting service.

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). You can choose the number of trees and the rootstock(s) you want the trees grafted on.

Read more about our Grafting service here.

If you wish to order a grafted tree of this variety please fill in our contact form in the first instance.

History and description of Golden Pippin

The origin of this variety is uncertain but it probably arose in England. It was recorded by Parkinson in 1629 and was well known by the late 17th Century. Claimed to have arisen at Parham Park, near Arundel, Sussex. George Washington ordered the variety for his garden at Mount Vernon, Virginia, but it failed to flourish in the USA. Widely grown commercially and in gardens in the 18th century.

Small/medium sized fruit. Round-conical to oblong shape. Slightly ribbed. Golden yellow background skin colour with many bold russet dots and some russet at the base. Pale yellow flesh with an intense, brisk, fruity flavour. When cooked it keeps its shape and was used for ‘Pippin’ jelly, tarts. Has also been used for cider making.

Characteristics of Golden Pippin apple trees

Fruit sizeMedium
Picking timeEarly Oct
Season of useOct-Nov
Tree vigourModerate
Tree habitUpright-spreading
Special featuresGood for Cider
Cooked Keeps Shape
Pollination date11
Pollination groupC
PollinatorsPollination partners
ProgenyCourt of Wick
Downton Pippin
Pitmaston Pine Apple
Yellow Ingestrie