Apple - Laxton's Superb

Laxton's Superb Apple

Malus domestica
A sweet dessert apple with some of the aromatic flavour of Cox.

Origin: Bedfordshire UK 1897

Pollination:  Laxton's Superb 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

Laxton's Superb 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   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)
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

History and description of Laxton's Superb

Raised from Wyken Pippin x Cox's Orange Pippin by Laxton Bros, Bedford, UK 1897. Received the RHS Award of Merit 1919 and First Class Certificate 1921. Introduced in 1922. Became established as a commercial variety in the UK, but declined after it was found that trees developed a biennial tendency as they aged. Still grown commercially on a small scale. A popular garden variety.

Medium sized, round-conical fruit. Purplish red flush and stripes over a greenish yellow skin. Some russet patches. White, crisp, juicy flesh. Sweet but with variable flavour. In a good year it has much of the aromatic qualities of Cox but in poor years it may lack in flavour. Keeps quite well.

Vigorous, speading tree producing rather straggling branches and whippy new growth. Young trees produce regular heavy crops but older trees tend to be biennial. Prone to scab but resistant to mildew and canker.

Main characteristics of Laxton's Superb

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

Tree vigour  Vigorous
Tree habit  Spreading
Fruit bearing  Spur-bearer
Cropping Heavy
Disease resistance  Scab: Susceptible
Mildew: Resistant
Canker: Resistant
Suitable for Late Frost
Northern Britain

Pollination date  13
Pollination group  D
Self fertility  Partially Self Fertile
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Parentage  Wyken PippinCox's Orange Pippin
Progeny  Tydeman's Late Orange
Sports  Maxton