Apple - Ribston Pippin

Ribston Pippin Apple

Malus domestica
A very old classic English apple esteemed by the Victorians. Attractive fruit with a strong Cox like flavour.

Origin: Yorkshire UK 1707

Pollination:  Ribston Pippin is self-sterile and would require a pollinator to produce a crop. Show suitable pollination partners

A guide to choosing Apple Trees

Ribston Pippin 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
M9 - Dwarfing   1 year Maiden
M26 - Semi-dwarfing   1 year Maiden
MM106 - Semi-vigorous   1 year Maiden
MM106 - Semi-vigorous   2 years Espalier (2 Tier)
MM106 - Semi-vigorous   2 years Half Standard *Reduced Price*
M25 - Very vigorous   1 year Maiden

History and description of Ribston Pippin

A very old English variety believed to have been raised at Ribston Hall, Knaresborough, Yorkshire c1707 from a seed brought from Rouen in France by Sir Henry Goodricke. The original tree was blown down by wind in 1810. Supported by stakes it survived and continued to produce fruit until 1835. When the tree eventually died shoots grew from the roots to produce a new tree which survived until 1932. The variety was first listed in 1769. Highly esteemed in Victorian England. Grown commercially in the UK, North America, Australia and New Zealand in the 19th Century and early part of the 20th Century. Continues to be a popular garden variety. Received the RHS Award of Merit in 1962. Reputed to be the parent of Cox's Orange Pippin.

Medium to large sized fruit. Round-conical, often lopsided in shape. Brownish red flush and stripes over olive green and yellow skin give the fruit a lovely autumnal colour. Pale yellow, fairly dry crumbly flesh. Strong, aromatic flavour. Keeps relatvely well but becomes rather dry in storage. Best eaten soon after picking.

Fairly vigorous, upright, triploid tree. Attractive blossom. Fairly good cropper but with a tendency to drop its fruit.

Main characteristics of Ribston Pippin

Use Dessert
Colour Flushed
Flavour Aromatic
Fruit size  Medium
Picking time  Late Sep/Early Oct
Season of use  Oct-Jan

Tree vigour  Moderate
Tree habit  Upright
Fruit bearing  Spur-bearer
Cropping Good
Disease resistance  Canker: Susceptible
Scab: Slightly susceptible
Suitable for Northern Britain
Special features Attractive Blossom
Good for Cider

Pollination date  8
Pollination group  C
Self fertility  Self-sterile Triploid
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Progeny  Cox's Orange Pippin (?)Cox's Pomona (?)Freiherr von BerlepschKing's Acre Pippin (?)Laxton's RearguardReverend W Wilks (?)Saltcote Pippin (?)
Other names  Glory of York, Travers' Pippin