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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.

Last updated 31 Dec 2013.

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Current rating: 5.0 out of 5. Total votes cast: 4

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23 Aug 2011 
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 
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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Considered one of the best seedlings of Gravenstein.


  • 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

Relationships to other varieties

Parents and other ancestors of this variety:

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

Filippa identification photos from official fruit collections

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