Eating Apple Trees Apple Trees Eating Pollination Group C Spur Fruiting
Pollinator Self fertile Mid Season Fruiting
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The Cox Orange Pippin apple tree produces a mid season eating apple that juices well.
General description of Cox:
On a good year, this is one of the all time best tasting apples anywhere. It has a wonderful juicy texture, with a complex, tangy, aromatic taste with a hint of spices and suggestion of melons. It doesn't store for long, but it juices well.
The tree itself is quite slow growing and upright; it's ideal for low maintenance cordons & espaliers.
The downside of this tree is that it is disease susceptible. It will be happiest in cooler, Eastern parts of the country. Its other weakness is that the flowers are susceptible to frost damage, so it often performs poorly in the North & Scotland, despite the healthier climate for it there. However, if you are able to cover your trees when they are in flower and there is a frost warning, they will love it in a sunny Northern site. Cordons & espaliers are easy to cover up.
If you keep your trees healthy, they are good, reliable croppers.
All of our Cox trees are grown on MM106 rootstocks, except for the cordons, which are grown on M9 rootstocks.
Pollination Partners for Cox:
Your trees are reliably self fertile, but will make the best crops when pollinated.
Cox is in pollination Group C.
This means that they will cross-pollinate with other apple trees in pollination Groups B, C and D.
This tree's flowers have poor frost resistance.
See our Guide to Apple Tree Pollination for a full list of partners & more tips about pollination.
Cox Disease notes:
Disease susceptibility: Scab, Canker (easily affected by both), Mildew, Fireblight, Cedar Rust, Bitter Pit (can be prone to these 4 diseases).
History & Parentage:
The original Cox's Orange Pippin was bred around 1825 by Richard Cox of Buckinghamshire. One of its parents is thought to be the Ribston Pippin. The nurseryman Charles Turner began selling it in the 1850's. This self fertile variety was developed from a sport of the original tree in Kent and released in 1994. It appears on any list of the greatest British eating apples.
How Apple Trees are Measured & Delivered:
Our fruit trees are delivered in up to 3 shapes and you can also buy selected apple trees as ready made cordons.
Maiden: This unbranched tree is the smallest starting size. You can train maidens into espaliers and cordons.
Cordon: Cox trees are spur-bearers, so they can be made into cordons and espaliers.
Bush: This is a style of freestanding tree with a short trunk of about 60cms. It will grow to about 3 metres tall.
Half-Standard: This is a freestanding style that will grow into a full sized, "normal" apple tree, about 4 metres tall.
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