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An excellent garden substitute for Cox particularly for regions where Cox can not be grown successfully.

Origin: Kent UK, 1918

Pollination: Sunset is self-fertile and a pollinator is not necessary for producing a crop.  Pollination partners

Sunset apple trees for sale

M27 rootstock 2 year Step-over (Very dwarfing) £35.00 Sold-out
M9 rootstock 2 year Espalier (2 Tier) (Dwarfing) £54.50 Sold-out
M26 rootstock 1 year Maiden (Semi-dwarfing) £19.50
M26 rootstock 2 year Bush (Semi-dwarfing) £32.50 Sold-out
M26 rootstock 2 year Cordon (Semi-dwarfing) £29.50 Sold-out
M26 rootstock 2 year U-cordon (Semi-dwarfing) £49.50 Sold-out
MM106 rootstock 1 year Espalier (1 tier) (Semi-vigorous) £33.50
MM106 rootstock 1 year Maiden (Semi-vigorous) £19.50
MM106 rootstock 2 year Bush (Semi-vigorous) £33.50 Sold-out
MM106 rootstock 2 year Espalier (2 Tier) (Semi-vigorous) £54.50 Sold-out
MM106 rootstock 2 year Fan Trained (Semi-vigorous) £54.50 Sold-out
MM106 rootstock 2 year Half Standard (Semi-vigorous) £32.50 Sold-out
M25 rootstock 1 year Maiden (Very vigorous) £19.50 Sold-out
M25 rootstock 2 year Standard (Very vigorous) £32.50 Sold-out

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History and description of Sunset

Sunset apple was raised from a Cox's Orange Pippin seedling by G C Addy, Igtham, Kent c 1918. It was named and introduced in 1933. Received the RHS Award of Merit in 1960. Very similar to Cox but much more disease resistant. It has become a very popular garden substitute for Cox but has failed as a commercial alternative because of its tendency to overcrop and produce small fruit.

Small to medium sized, flat-round fruit. Orange flush and stripes over a golden yellow skin covered in small russet patches. Moderately juicy, crisp, cream coloured flesh. Sweet but with plenty of acidity. Intense aromatic, flavour very similar to Cox.

Fairly compact, free spurring, self-fertile tree. Heavy cropper sometimes requiring thinning to produce good sized fruit. Attractive blossom. Resistant to scab but prone to canker.

Characteristics of Sunset apple trees

Fruit sizeSmall
Picking timeLate Sep
Season of useOct-Dec
Tree vigourModerate
Tree habitUpright-spreading
Disease resistanceCanker - Susceptible
Scab - Resistant
Suitable forLate Frost
Northern Britain
Special featuresAttractive Blossom
Pollination date10
Pollination groupC
PollinatorsPollination partners
ParentageCox's Orange Pippin