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Downton Pippin

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.  Pollination partners

Downton Pippin apple trees produced to order

We do not stock this variety, but we can produce trees for you through our custom grafting service. Trees can be grafted on any of the following rootstocks:

  • CG-1Downton Pippin tree custom-grafted on M9 rootstock (Dwarfing)£39.00 each
  • CG-2Downton Pippin tree custom-grafted on M26 rootstock (Semi-dwarfing)£39.00 each
  • CG-3Downton Pippin tree custom-grafted on MM106 rootstock (Semi-vigorous)£39.00 each
  • CG-4Downton Pippin tree custom-grafted on MM111 rootstock (Vigorous)£39.00 each
  • CG-5Downton Pippin tree custom-grafted on M25 rootstock (Very vigorous)£39.00 each

If you wish to go order please fill in our contact form in the first instance, stating your name, full address, and the rootstock(s) you wish the tree(s) to be grafted on. You will need to contact us before June.

Propagation is carried out in late July / early August, and the grafted trees would be available for supply in December the following year (approximately 14 months later).

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.

Characteristics of Downton Pippin apple trees

UseDessert
ColourYellow
FlavourCidery
Fruit sizeSmall
Picking timeMid Sep
Season of useSep-Oct
Tree vigourModerate
Tree habitUpright-spreading
Fruit-bearingSpur-bearer
CroppingGood
Pollination date12
Pollination groupD
Self-fertilitySelf-sterile
PollinatorsPollination partners
ParentageCox's Orange Pippin
Golden Pippin