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Christmas Pippin® apple

Christmas Pippin is a modern Cox-style apple discovered the old-fashioned way - growing as a seedling tree beside a road.

The parentage is unknown but the flavour is similar to Cox-substitutes such as Sunset.  The leaf-shape has a resemblance to Gala - a popular supermarket variety and therefore a likely candidate for being the source of the discarded apple core from which the original tree grew.

Last updated 31 Dec 2013.

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Current rating: 3.8 out of 5. Total votes cast: 13

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A modern Cox-style variety, found growing by a roadside.

Christmas Pippin phototape


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Unknown
  • Originates from: Somerset, United Kingdom
  • Introduced: 2011
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 2004


  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Flavour quality: Very good
  • Flavour style: Sweet/Sharp
  • Harvest period: Late season
  • Use / keeping: 1-2 months


  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Flowering period: Mid season
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Gardening skill: Very easy
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
  • General disease resistance: Average


  • Climate suitability: Temperate climates


  • Canker  - Some resistance
  • Scab  - Some resistance

Christmas Pippin identification photos from website visitors

Christmas Pippin apple
Christmas Pippin apple

Fruit tree register

Do you have a tree of this variety in your garden or orchard? If so please register the details here and contribute to our international register of fruit trees.

The following Christmas Pippin trees have been registered - click the name to view more details of each tree.

You can also view these trees on a map.

United Kingdom


  • Sarah in Fiesole, TUSCANY

Latest Spring blossom records for this variety

2016 season

  • 10th May  2016  - tree owned by Andrew in St Saviour, United Kingdom

2015 season

  • 6th May  2015  - tree owned by Andrew in St Saviour, United Kingdom

2014 season

  • 10th April  2014  - tree owned by Sarah in Fiesole, Italy

2013 season

  • 21st May  2013  - tree owned by Richard in York, United Kingdom
  • May  2013  - tree owned by Andrew in St Saviour, United Kingdom

2012 season

  • 11th May  2012  - tree owned by Andrew in St Saviour, United Kingdom

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Latest harvest records for this variety

2016 season

    2015 season

    • 2nd week October  2015  - tree owned by Andrew in St Saviour, United Kingdom

    2014 season

      2013 season

      • 2nd week October  2013  - tree owned by Andrew in St Saviour, United Kingdom

      2012 season

      • 2nd week October  2012  - tree owned by Andrew in St Saviour, United Kingdom

      Where to buy trees

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