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Filippa apple

We are grateful to Mr J. Olsen of Vejle, Denmark for information about this variety.

Filippa is thought to be a seedling of Gravenstein, less prone to disease than its parent, but not grown commercially. It is a tip-bearing variety.

Filippa identification photos

UK National Fruit Collection
UK National Fruit Collection
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Visitor reviews

  • 23 Aug 2011  Hans Matthes,  ILLKIRCH, France
    A very good apple, good flavour. Healthy tree. Has to be consumed ripe. The apples has a tendency to fall off before ripeness.
  • 17 Apr 2011  Grinsted,  Denmark
    Filippa is named after the little girl who planted the seed of a wild apple in her mothers flower pot. It is believed that the original Filippa tree bore its first fruit in 1884 two years after being planted. So, it must be from 1882. In february 1889 the Filippa apple got the Danish garden societys certificate of First class for an excellent seedling-apple. It was planted in Rosenborg castle in Copenhagen. In 1906 the Filippa tree was in the way of a school construction and it was dragged to a new location. In August 27 1937 it became a protected tree and it is still living as far as i know. The tree has an interesting story and most of it can be read here (in danish): And hereæblesorterne/aeblesorten-filippa-aebler-aebletrae.html Excellent taste; moderate number of fruits; hardy; fruits tend to drop in strong wind, a very good garden variety; Stores well.

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Harvest records for this variety

2016 season

  • September  2016  - tree owned by Willem in Dedemsvaart, Netherlands

2012 season

  • September  2012  - tree owned by Jennifer in Horten, Norway


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Probably a seedling of Gravenstein
  • Originates from: Hunstrup, Southern Fyn, Denmark
  • Introduced: 1880s
  • Developed by: Filippa Johannsen
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1185
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1927-023


  • Flowering period: Mid-Late season
  • Flowering group: 4
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Fruit bearing: Tip-bearer
  • Period of origin: 1850 - 1899

Parents and other ancestors of this variety

  • Gravenstein (parent) - Filippa is thought to be a seedling of Gravenstein

Where to buy fresh fruit

No orchards have registered as growing this variety. If you grow this and want to register please go to our Orchard Registration form.

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