Apple - Ellison's Orange

Ellison's Orange Apple

Malus domestica
Intensely aromatic Cox like apple with an aniseed flavour. A good alternative to Cox for northern Britain.

Origin: Lincolnshire UK 1904

Pollination:  Ellison's Orange 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

Ellison's Orange 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 Half Standard
M25 - Very vigorous   1 year Maiden
M25 - Very vigorous   2 years Standard

History and description of Ellison's Orange

Raised from Cox's Orange Pippin x Calville Blanc in the last years of 19th century by the Rev C C Ellison of Bracebridge, Lincolnshire, UK and his brother-in-law's gardener Mr Wipf. First recorded in 1904. Pennell & Son of Lincoln bought grafts of the tree and introduced the variety in 1911. Received an Award of Merit in 1911 and a First Class Certificate in 1917 from the RHS. Planted commercially in the UK in the 1920-30's. No longer grown commercially but remains a popular garden variety particularly as a substitute for Cox.

Medium, round-conical fruit. Brownish red flush and stripes over a greenish yellow skin. Small russet patches. Creamy white flesh. Crisp and juicy. Intense aromatic flavour similar to Cox. The aniseed flavour to which the literature often refers is not always very noticeable and certainly not unpleasant. At its best Ellison's Orange can surpass Cox in flavour.

Moderately vigorous tree. Resistant to scab and mildew but susceptible to canker. Partially self-fertile, heavy cropper but with some biennial tendency. Very attrctive blossom. Good alternative to Cox for northern Britain but best avoided in humid locations because of suceptibility to canker.

Main characteristics of Ellison's Orange

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

Tree vigour  Moderate
Tree habit  Upright-Spreading
Fruit bearing  Spur-bearer
Cropping Good
Disease resistance  Canker: Susceptible
Scab: Very resistant
Mildew: Very resistant
Suitable for Dry Regions
Late Frost
Northern Britain
Special features Attractive Blossom

Pollination date  13
Pollination group  D
Self fertility  Partially Self Fertile
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Parentage  Cox's Orange Pippin
Progeny  Lynn's PippinMerton BeautySt Ailred