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An attractive apple with a rich aromatic flavour from Norfolk.

Origin: Berkshire UK, 1901

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

Houblon apple trees produced to order

We do not stock this variety, but we can produce trees for you through our custom grafting service. Trees can be grafted on any of the following rootstocks:

  • CG-1Houblon tree custom-grafted on M9 rootstock (Dwarfing)£39.00 each
  • CG-2Houblon tree custom-grafted on M26 rootstock (Semi-dwarfing)£39.00 each
  • CG-3Houblon tree custom-grafted on MM106 rootstock (Semi-vigorous)£39.00 each
  • CG-4Houblon tree custom-grafted on MM111 rootstock (Vigorous)£39.00 each
  • CG-5Houblon tree custom-grafted on M25 rootstock (Very vigorous)£39.00 each

If you wish to go order please fill in our contact form in the first instance, stating your name, full address, and the rootstock(s) you wish the tree(s) to be grafted on. You will need to contact us before June.

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).

History and description of Houblon

Raised by Charles Ross, head gardener at Welford Park, Newbury, Berkshire from a Peasgood Nonsuch X Cox’s Orange Pippin. Introduced in 1901. Named after the Houblon banker family. Received RHS Award of Merit in 1901.

A medium/large sized apple. Short-round-conical to round shape. Sometimes a faint trace of ribbing. Pale yellowish green background skin colour becoming golden yellow. One half to three-quarters flushed bright orange red with broad, broken, dark red stripes. Some slight russeting. Yellow flesh, slightly coarse-textured, moderately juicy, with a rich, aromatic flavour.

A tree of moderate vigour. Partially tip-bearing. Light cropper.

Characteristics of Houblon apple trees

Fruit sizeMedium
Picking timeLate Sep
Season of useOct-Dec
Tree vigourModerate
Tree habitUpright-spreading
Fruit-bearingPartial tip-bearer
Pollination date14
Pollination groupD
PollinatorsPollination partners
ParentagePeasgood's Nonsuch