Apple - Sunset

Sunset Apple

Malus domestica
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. Show suitable pollination partners

A guide to choosing Apple Trees



Sunset Apple Trees for sale - order online

We supply trees and plants only during the winter planting season from late November to mid March. Orders placed now will not be be delivered until the winter planting season. You will not be required to pay until October but by ordering now you can ensure that the items are reserved for you and supplied as early as possible when we resume delveries in late November.
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 Availability Price Qty required
M27 - Very dwarfing   1 year Maiden Available £17.50
M27 - Very dwarfing   2 years Mini Cordon Available £26.50
M27 - Very dwarfing   2 years Step-over Available £31.00
M9 - Dwarfing   1 year Maiden Available £17.50
M9 - Dwarfing   2 years Espalier (2 Tier) Available £48.50
M26 - Semi-dwarfing   1 year Maiden Available £17.50
M26 - Semi-dwarfing   2 years Bush Available £28.50
M26 - Semi-dwarfing   2 years Cordon Available £26.50
MM106 - Semi-vigorous   1 year Espalier (1 tier) Available £26.00
MM106 - Semi-vigorous   1 year Maiden Available £17.50
MM106 - Semi-vigorous   2 years Espalier (2 Tier) Available £48.50
MM106 - Semi-vigorous   2 years Espalier (2 Tier) *Reduced Price* Available £35.00
MM106 - Semi-vigorous   2 years Fan Trained Available £48.50
MM106 - Semi-vigorous   2 years Half Standard Available £28.50
M25 - Very vigorous   1 year Maiden Available £17.50

The availability information shown in the availability column in the table is always up-to-date.
Available means Available for supply from Nov 2018 to March 2019
2019/20 means Sold out but available for supply winter 2019/20. Orders taken from May 2019
Sold out means Sold out for supply Nov 2018 to March 2019. May be available again winter 2019/20




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.





Main characteristics of Sunset

Use Dessert
Colour Flushed
Flavour Aromatic
Fruit size  Small
Picking time  Late Sep
Season of use  Oct-Dec

Tree vigour  Moderate
Tree habit  Upright-Spreading
Fruit bearing  Spur-bearer
Cropping Heavy
Disease resistance  Canker: Susceptible
Scab: Resistant
Suitable for Late Frost
Northern Britain
Special features Attractive Blossom

Pollination date  10
Pollination group  C
Self fertility  Self Fertile
Pollinators Show suitable pollination partners
Parentage  Cox's Orange Pippin
Progeny  Pixie (?)