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Cox's Orange Pippin Apple Scionwood (Spring 2021)


One of the finest, most beloved English dessert apples. Also known as Cox Orange, Cos Orange, Orange de Cox.

Famed in Europe as one the best apples available, Cox's is also one of the more difficult trees to grow. It is prone to scab, mildew, cracking, brown rot, and papery bark disease; it has a "basitonic" habit–often wider than it is tall–and tends to biennialism. Cox's is sensitive to sulfur under certain conditions, and care should be taken if using this to control fungus. It is also prone to sun scalding, and for best results the tree will be pruned in such a way that the foliage protects the apple from direct sunlight during ripening.

Ripening mid September-mid October, this apple stores well and is best in November and December. It is pale green with red stripes and an orange flush. The flesh is firm and snappy with an extremely fine aroma and flavor that has given it something of a cult following. In Apples of Uncommon Character, Rowan Jacobsen writes that biting into a Cox's is "like cherry-vanilla ice cream with lemon zest and rose petals. It was heavenly. What it was not was appley." Cox's is a versatile culinary apple and works very well in pies and preserves.

Cox's Orange Pippin is a Ribston Pippin seedling first planted by retired brewer Richard Cox around 1825. It remained largely unknown until Charles Turner of Royal Nurseries added it to his catalog in 1850. By the 1880s it was one of Britain's most popular apples. Breeders have made many attempts to import the famous Cox's flavor into a more stable tree, and Cox's myriad progeny include Ellison's Orange, Freyberg, Kidd's Orange Red, and Suncrisp.

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Quantity Cox's Orange Pippin Apple Scion
1 $12.00
2-5 $7.00
6-10 $6.00
11-99 $5.00
100+ $4.00

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Clean vs Regular

Clean = virus-free in lab tests, suggested for grafting with some of the Geneva rootstocks, especially G.16 and G.935. Regular = may contain one of the common latent viruses; this is not usually a problem and can be used with most rootstocks.

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Famed in Europe as one the best apples available, Cox's is also one of the more difficult trees to grow. It is prone to scab, mildew, cracking, brown rot, and papery bark disease; it has a "basitonic" habit–often wider than it is tall–and tends to biennialism. Cox's is sensitive to sulfur under certain conditions, and care should be taken if using this to control fungus. It is also prone to sun scalding, and for best results the tree will be pruned in such a way that the foliage protects the apple from direct sunlight during ripening.

Ripening mid September-mid October, this apple stores well and is best in November and December. It is pale green with red stripes and an orange flush. The flesh is firm and snappy with an extremely fine aroma and flavor that has given it something of a cult following. In Apples of Uncommon Character, Rowan Jacobsen writes that biting into a Cox's is "like cherry-vanilla ice cream with lemon zest and rose petals. It was heavenly. What it was not was appley." Cox's is a versatile culinary apple and works very well in pies and preserves.

Cox's Orange Pippin is a Ribston Pippin seedling first planted by retired brewer Richard Cox around 1825. It remained largely unknown until Charles Turner of Royal Nurseries added it to his catalog in 1850. By the 1880s it was one of Britain's most popular apples. Breeders have made many attempts to import the famous Cox's flavor into a more stable tree, and Cox's myriad progeny include Ellison's Orange, Freyberg, Kidd's Orange Red, and Suncrisp.


The Fruit

Fruit Type

Category: Apple
Subcategory: Heirloom

Fruit Uses & Storage

Uses: fresh eating, baking, storage, canning, sauce
Storage duration: three plus months (approximate, depending on storage conditions)

Fruit Appearance

Skin color: orange
Flesh color: off-white

Fruit Origins

Parentage: Ribston Pippin seedling
Origin: Buckinghamshire, England
Introduced in: 1825
Introduced by: Richard Cox

The Environment

Calendar & Geography

USDA zones: 5 - 7
Chill hours: 800
Ripening date: Sep 15 (approximate, in New York State) + 0 days after McIntosh

Diseases & Pests

Apple Scab: Susceptible
Brown Rot, Blossom Blight, Fruit Rot: Susceptible
Fireblight: Resistant
Perennial Canker: Susceptible
Powdery Mildew: Susceptible

Pollination

Pollination Factors

Bloom group: 3
Is it self-fertile? N
Is it fertile? Y
Ploidy: Diploid

Pollination Partners

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