Apple - Downton Pippin

Downton Pippin Apple

Malus domestica
An old apple variety with a strong cidery flavour popular in Victorian England.

Origin: Shropshire UK 1806

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

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Downton Pippin 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
M26 - Semi-dwarfing   1 year Maiden Available £17.50

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 Downton Pippin

Downton Pippin was raised from Orange Pippin X Golden Pippin by T A Knight at Elton Manor, Ludlow, Shropshire and named after Downton Castle in Shropshire. First exhibited in 1806. A popular apple in Victorian times still found in some old orchards in the Teme Valley.

Small sized, round or round-conical fruit. Smooth skin, greenish yellow becoming gold. Deep cream flesh. Crisp and juicy with an intense, almost cidery flavour. Although grown as a dessert apple it cooks well, keeping its shape and strong flavour.

A tree of moderate vigour. Good cropper.




Main characteristics of Downton Pippin

Use Dessert
Colour Yellow
Flavour Cidery
Fruit size  Small
Picking time  Mid Sep
Season of use  Sep-Oct

Tree vigour  Moderate
Tree habit  Upright-Spreading
Fruit bearing  Spur-bearer
Cropping Good

Pollination date  12
Pollination group  D
Self fertility  Self-sterile
Pollinators Show suitable pollination partners
Parentage  Cox's Orange PippinGolden Pippin