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Pixie apple

Pixie is a small apple which is big on flavour. The exact parentage is not known, but it is thought to be Cox's Orange Pippin or Sunset. Since Sunset is also an offspring of Cox it is not surprising that Pixie both looks and tastes very similar to Cox. The flavour is extremely good, tending to be slightly sharper than a Cox, especially just after picking - but it's a refreshing sharpness and certainly not acidic. Pixie is also juicier and crisper than a Cox.

As its name suggests, Pixie tends to be a rather small apple, and for this reason it is not grown commercially. However it makes an ideal apple tree for the garden, since it grows easily and crops well without much effort required on the part of the gardener! It is also resistant to the main diseases of apples, scab and mildew. The main problem is a tendency to over-crop and produce lots of very small apples, but this can be prevented by simply removing a lot of the fruitlets immediately after the tree has blossomed, and in this way some good-sized apples can be produced. Pixie also seems to grow well on dwarfing rootstocks such as M9 and M27, so it will fit in quite a small space.

Pixie is one of the later-ripening varieties, and is ready for picking around the middle of October. It tastes nice straight from the tree, but like many late varieties it also keeps well. In fact, in good conditions the flavour can improve, up to December or January - put the apples in plastic bag with a few holes in, and store in a refrigerator or a cold but frost-free outbuilding.

Anyone who likes a Cox-style apple will definitely appreciate Pixie, and it undoubtedly belongs to the small band of Cox-style apples which come close to the balance and depth of their illustrious parent.

Last updated 10 Jun 2010.

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Current rating: 4.4 out of 5. Total votes cast: 8

Visitor comments

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04 Jan 2015 
We have had excellent crops for 3 years since planting and find the sharp/sweet taste, crispness and juicy texture all first rate. We had over 60 apples this year; last year I had to lash the two main branches together to allow the tree to hold the weight of the crop! The size of the fruit is also in no way small, I would say a good medium- our soil is fairly heavy - old mushroom field- but overlying well-drained sandstone. Also, so far, touch wood, no disease.

16 Aug 2014 
Nice apple but VERY susceptible to disease in our warm wet climate.

11 Oct 2013 
Excellent late season Cox, crops and stores very well

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A popular garden variety, and a very good Cox substitute, quite sharp flavour

Pixie phototape


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Cox seedling ?
  • Originates from: England, United Kingdom
  • Introduced: 1947
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1044
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1978-320


  • Bultitude apple group: 7. Flushed / striped, some russeting, sweet


  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Flavour quality: Good
  • Flavour style: Aromatic
  • Harvest period: Late season
  • Use / keeping: 3 months or more


  • Cropping: Good
  • Flowering group: 4
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Slightly small
  • Gardening skill: Very easy
  • General disease resistance: Good


  • Climate suitability: Temperate climates

Other qualities

  • Awards: RHS AGM 1993

Relationships to other varieties

Parents and other ancestors of this variety:

References and further reading about this variety

  • Fruit Expert
    Author: Hessayon

Pixie identification photos from official fruit collections



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Pixie identification photos from website visitors

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Latest Spring blossom records for this variety

2014 season

  • 13th April  2014  - tree owned by David in LONDON, United Kingdom

2013 season

  • 23rd May  2013  - tree owned by Richard in YORK, United Kingdom
  • 22nd May  2013  - tree owned by Jean in Martock, United Kingdom
  • 10th May  2013  - tree owned by David in EWERBY THORPE, SLEAFORD, United Kingdom

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Latest harvest records for this variety

2014 season

    2013 season

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