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

A guide to choosing Apple Trees

Downton 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
M26 - Semi-dwarfing   1 year Maiden
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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
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Parentage  Cox's Orange PippinGolden Pippin