Cox’s Orange Pippin Apple Tree
An award-winning, English dessert apple, Cox’s Orange Pippin Apple Tree bears delicious, sweet-tart fruit with crisp and aromatic flesh. Great for fresh eating and drying, Cox’s Orange also makes tasty sauce and cider. Cox’s Orange ripens in September and can be stored until January.
Latin Name: Malus domestica
Site and Soil: All apples like 1/2 day to full sun and well-drained soil.
RootstockDescription: M-7 is considered a semi-dwarf rootstock. Regular apple trees grafted on M-7 rootstock will grow 12-16 ft. in height. Crabapples, Columnars, Espaliers, and Combination Apples will be smaller. M-7 is very hardy and adapted to most soils.
Considered a dwarf rootstock, Apple trees on M-26 typically grow 8-12 ft. in height and are usually spaced 8-12 ft. apart. Crabapples and Columnars will likely be smaller. M-26 induces early bearing, usually in 2-3 years after planting, and grows well in most soils, except very wet and poorly drained ones. On windy sites, trees grafted on M-26 may need staking.
Pollination Requirements: All apples need another variety nearby for pollination. Neighboring trees often offer sufficient pollen for good fruit set. Consider Mason Bees to help pollinate and increase fruit production.
Hardiness: Cox’s Orange Pippin is hardy to minus 30° F or below.
Bearing Age: 2-3 years after planting.
Size at Maturity: 12-16 ft. in height
Bloom Time: April
Ripening Time: September
Yield: 30-50 lbs.
Pests & Diseases: Cox’s Orange Pippin can be affected by Apple Scab. Apple Scab is more prevalent in regions with wet springs, like we have in the Pacific Northwest. While it doesn’t seriously affect the eating quality of the fruit, it can cause black spots on the apples and foliage. Apple Scab can be controlled by sulfur and other sprays. Codling Moth can create wormy apples and aphids can damage the foliage of apple trees.
USDA Zone: 4
Sunset Western Zone: 1-9, 14-16
Sunset Northeast Zone: All zones