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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.
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.
Characteristics of Ellison's Orange apple trees
Season of use
Canker - Susceptible Scab - Very resistant Mildew - Very resistant