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Sunset



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

1-year maiden trees

These are the most versatile choice for home orchards, community fruit tree projects, and for training on in any form you require.

FormRootstockPriceQuantity
MaidenM27Very dwarfing £23.50
MaidenM9Dwarfing £23.50
MaidenM26Semi-dwarfing £23.50
MaidenMM106Semi-vigorous £19.50

2-year pre-trained trees

These trees have already had some formative training in the nursery.

FormRootstockPriceQuantity
Step-overM27Very dwarfing £45.50
Espalier (2 Tier)M9Dwarfing £69.50
U-cordonM26Semi-dwarfing £55.00
Espalier (2 Tier)MM106Semi-vigorous £69.50
Fan TrainedMM106Semi-vigorous £69.50

Orders placed now will be delivered in the winter planting season.

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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

UseDessert
ColourFlushed
FlavourAromatic
Fruit sizeSmall
Picking timeLate Sep
Season of useOct-Dec
Tree vigourModerate
Tree habitUpright-spreading
Fruit-bearingSpur-bearer
CroppingHeavy
Disease resistanceCanker - Susceptible
Scab - Resistant
Suitable forLate Frost
Northern Britain
Special featuresAttractive Blossom
Pollination date10
Pollination groupC
Self-fertilitySelf-fertile
PollinatorsPollination partners
ParentageCox's Orange Pippin
ProgenyPixie