Apple - Kidd's Orange Red

Kidd's Orange Red Apple

Malus domestica
An excellent dessert apple similar to Cox but redder in colour and sweeter in taste.

Origin: New Zealand 1924

Pollination:  Kidd's Orange Red is self-sterile and would require a pollinator to produce a crop. Show suitable pollination partners

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Kidd's Orange Red 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 Available £17.50
M9 - Dwarfing   2 years Cordon Available £26.50
M9 - Dwarfing   2 years Espalier (2 Tier) Available £48.50
M26 - Semi-dwarfing   1 year Maiden Available £17.50
M26 - Semi-dwarfing   2 years Bush Available £28.50
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 Half Standard Available £28.50
MM106 - Semi-vigorous   2 years Half Standard *Reduced Price* Available £21.50
M25 - Very vigorous   1 year Maiden Available £17.50
M25 - Very vigorous   2 years Standard Available £28.50

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 Kidd's Orange Red

Kidd's Orange Red was raised from Cox's Orange Pippin x Red Delicious by J H Kidd, Greytown, Wairarapa, New Zealand in 1924. Introduced to the UK in 1932. Received the RHS Award of Merit in 1973. Grown commercially in New Zealand and to a small extent in the UK.

Medium sized, round-conical fruit. Crimson flush over a green skin ripening to yellow. Variable amounts of ochre russet patches. Creamy white, firm, juicy flesh. Excellent aromatic flavour not unlike Cox but sweeter. Should be left on the tree for as long as possible for the flavour to develop. Subject to coarse russetting. Stores well holding both its texture and flavour.

Moderately vigorous, free spurring tree. Good cropper but fruit may need to be thinned to avoid small size. Attractive blossom. Prone to canker and not suitable for wet locations.




Main characteristics of Kidd's Orange Red

Use Dessert
Colour Flushed
Flavour Aromatic
Fruit size  Medium
Picking time  Mid Oct
Season of use  Nov-Jan

Tree vigour  Moderate
Tree habit  Upright-Spreading
Fruit bearing  Spur-bearer
Cropping Good
Disease resistance  Canker: Very susceptible
Scab: Resistant
Mildew: Resistant
Suitable for Northern Britain
Special features Attractive Blossom

Pollination date  12
Pollination group  D
Self fertility  Self-sterile
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Parentage  Cox's Orange PippinRed Delicious
Progeny  Gala
Sports  Captain Kidd