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Cox's Orange Pippin Desert Apple

Considered by some to be the finest tasting desert apple, this is definitely a superb looking and extremely tasty apple. Possibly the best apple of all time!

If you want an excellent tasting apple which is the epitome of tradition, Cox's Orange Pippin is for you.

The only downside is that it is susceptible to mildew and some other diseases. Regular pruning to keep it in shape will ensure a bumper crop.

The Cox's Orange Pippin is England's most famous apple variety and when grown well and eaten fresh it is a delight. Sweet with just the correct amount of acidity, it is truly packed with flavour.

The not so good point though probably outweigh its outstanding flavour. First, the supermarket Cox's are sadly lacking compared to freshly picked ones. The lack the flavour and much of the crispness has disappeared.

For the amateur gardener, pest and disease will be a problem with this variety. It is particularly prone to mildew and several other common apple tree pests and diseases. If you grow one in your garden then make sure you read our article on apple tree cultivation if you want Cox's Orange Pippin to flourish.

The tree originated from a seedling of unknown parentage in England during 1825. It has frequently been used as a parent for other apple tree varieties in an attempt to get Cox taste without all the problems. We can thoroughly recommend Fiesta as a replacement apple. It has nearly the same taste but on a larger apple and a much more disease resistant tree.

So there you have it. Cox's Orange pippin is at the top of the tree as far as taste is concerned but is not for the novice.

Cox's Orange pippin apple


Taste Sweet and juicy 

Skin Texture Thin

Flesh Crisp, scented and nutty

Apple size Medium


Flowers Middle season

Vigour Medium

Crop Yield On the low side

Eating time November to January

Tree Shape Upright then spreading

Name: Pam Graham
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Date posted: October 11, 2010 - 12:15 pm
Message: My Coxes tree is about 30 years old. It has had a bumper crop this year. My problem is that it grows quickly and swamps my garden. It costs about �100 to have it pruned. Is there any way I can keep it under control?

Name: Sandy Rattray
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Date posted: October 10, 2010 - 09:04 am
Message: I too live by the sea on the Isle of Wight, and my cox is yielding very poorly. However I have just returned from an orchard here full of coxes which seemed to be doing fine. The orchard is about 1/2 mile from the sea, while I am only a few yards away if that makes any difference. I was advised to feed mine a bit in November and February by the orchard's owner.

Name: Keith Ford
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Date posted: October 09, 2010 - 05:59 pm
Message: I live in Paignton Devon and have had a Coxes tree for about 10yrs.I also have a Worcester in the same area.The latter yealds well but my Cox tree yealds very poorly.Could this be because it is too near the sea.Ihave been told they don't like sea air.Is this correct.

Name: D.Ingham
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Date posted: August 24, 2010 - 11:21 am
Message: I have a dwarf Cox's Pippin Apple tree, has developed a good crop after planting 3 yrs ago, now heavily laden. Apples look ripe and pleasently plump. Can you tell me when i should harvest, i am impatient to try them. Can you also tell me best means of storage,
Many thanks,
yours sincerely
Dave Ingham