All about apples, pears, plums, and cherries - and orchards where they are grown

Welcome to Orange Pippin

If you are interested in apple varieties, pears, cherries or plums, or orchards where these fruits are grown, you have come to the right place.

Our website is named after England's most famous apple variety - Cox's Orange Pippin - widely regarded as the finest of all dessert apples.

'Pippin' is an old English word derived from the French word for 'seedling'. The same word can be seen in the modern French for a plant nursery or garden centre - 'pepiniere'. Like many old apple varieties Cox's Orange Pippin was discovered as a chance seedling.

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Latest spring blossom records from registered fruit trees

  • 28th May 2015  Apple - Court Pendu Plat owned by Bill in Smeeton Westerby, United Kingdom
  • 25th May 2015  Apple - Norland owned by Steven in SKANDIA, United States
  • 25th May 2015  red duchess owned by Steven in SKANDIA, United States
  • 24th May 2015  Crab-apple - Dolgo owned by David in TWO RIVERS, United States
  • 21st May 2015  Apple - Annie Elizabeth owned by Bill in SMEETON WESTERBY, United Kingdom

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Recent visitor comments about listed varieties

26 May 2015Karen TribbettMAINE, United States

Apple - Wolf River

I just moved to an old farm in Maine and was told more than once that I have some Wolf River apple trees out in an orchard! I can't wait to find out which trees they are. This has been a great blog site to understand more about this tree. TY more >>

25 May 2015David OverCAMBS, United Kingdom

Apple - Barnack Beauty

I have a number of Barnack Be aunties in my garden. They are excellent for cider making. The last surviving original tree is in a cottage garden by the church more >>

24 May 2015Eric NorstogOREGON, United States

Apple - Blue Pearmain

"Are those apples really blue?" people would ask when first seeing my Blue Pearmain tree. Of course, the only answer is "yes". Beyond that, Blue Pearmain is a sweet apple with aromatic overtones, little acid, very fine-grained flesh, a little crunch but no snap, and overall, a wonderful apple to eat out of hand. This small tree is healthy on dwarfing rootstock, not demanding, and regularly productive, though not a heavy producer. This should be the ideal backyard tree on a good dwarfing rootstock. more >>

24 May 2015Eric NorstogOREGON, United States

Apple - Grimes Golden

I have five Grimes trees in my small hobby orchard. They produce biennially, except that sometimes you get two good years in a row. You know when Grimes is ripe because the fruit drops. Better get the fruit off the ground before the raccoons get to them! This wonderful apple is among the best to eat fresh, and it stores into February. It cooks into good pies. The skin is not tough or bitter, and the fruit is somewhat resistant to bruising. This apple makes the best apple jelly you would want. I am planting more of these trees with the goal of using them, along with some more bitter fruit, in cider. more >>

24 May 2015Eric NorstogOREGON, United States

Apple - D'Arcy Spice

I have a D'Arcy Spice which I obtained as a fresh graft from a rosarian in Ettersburg, in northern California, about 7 years ago. This whip grew slowly in a crowded part of my garden until last year, when I transplanted it to a sunny nursery bed, where it grew to a bushy three feet in height. I shall plant it in row in my orchard this week. It flowered this spring but I Don't expect it to bear fruit, owing to the transplant shock. It is vigorous, beautifully leafy, with no sign of leaf curlers, the yearly nemesis here in Western Oregon among the Coast Range of mountains. more >>

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