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

A guide to choosing Apple Trees

Kidd's Orange Red 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 Cordon
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M9 - Dwarfing   2 years Espalier (2 Tier)
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M26 - Semi-dwarfing   1 year Maiden
M26 - Semi-dwarfing   2 years Bush
M26 - Semi-dwarfing   2 years Cordon
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MM106 - Semi-vigorous   1 year Espalier (1 tier)
MM106 - Semi-vigorous   1 year Maiden
MM106 - Semi-vigorous   2 years Espalier (2 Tier)
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MM106 - Semi-vigorous   2 years Espalier (2 Tier) *Reduced Price*
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MM106 - Semi-vigorous   2 years Half Standard
MM106 - Semi-vigorous   2 years Half Standard *Reduced Price*
M25 - Very vigorous   1 year Maiden
M25 - Very vigorous   2 years Standard
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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