Cobra Apple Trees

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General Info Spur Fruiting
Area Scotland & The North
Pollination Group Pollination Group C
Fruiting Mid Season Fruiting
Type Cooking, Eating

Malus domestica Cobra

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Cobra Apple Trees

Cobra apple trees produce an early season cooking apple that ripens off the branch into a decent eating apple.

Browse our full range of apple trees or see the full variety of fruit trees.

Characteristics of Cobra Trees:

  • Use: Cooking. Once the fruit have ripened for a month or two, they become sweeter and suitable for eating raw.
  • Spur Bearer: suitable for cordons & espaliers, trained on wires.
  • Harvest: First apples are ready in September, crops until October.
  • Store & ripen in a cool, dry place: Until December.

General description of Cobra:

This is a great new dual-purpose apple. The early fruit are used for cooking, baking to quite a firm texture with a really tangy-sharp flavour that benefits from the addition of a bit of sugar. When the fruit have ripened off the branch for at least 6 weeks, they start to sweeten and become lovely eating apples with a bracing flavour.
The tree is hardy and reliable.

All of our Cobra trees are grown on MM106 rootstocks.

Pollination Partners for Cobra:
Your trees are self sterile and their flowers must be pollinated to make fruit.
Cobra 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 good frost resistance.

See our Guide to Apple Tree Pollination for a full list of partners & more tips about pollination.

History & Parentage:
Mr Hugh Ermen was an apple expert who worked for the Brogdale Trust for most of his career. He dreamt of crossing two of Britain's most popular eating and cooking apples - the Cox's orange pippin and the Bramley (the name Cobra is made up from the first letters of each parent tree).
Starting when he was 54, Mr Ermen and his wife worked on the new variety for 25 years, growing something in the order of 5,000 test trees per year before the new breed was ready. The Cobra was Mr Ermen's constant project for a third of his life and also his swan song. He passed away in late 2009, shortly after the tree was released for commercial growing.
We also have Mr Ermen to thank for these breeds of apple: Herefordshire Russet, Red Devil and Scrumptious.

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: Cobra 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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*Delivery to mainland Britain & the Isle of Wight ONLY. Surcharges to the Isle of Wight and some areas of Scotland apply.

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