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Cox's Orange Pippin Apple tree

Owner: John

Location:  Komagane-Shi,, NAGANO-KEN, Japan

Age:Planted in about
Soil:Poor (low in organic material), relatively neutral PH, high iron content. 
Climate at this location:Dry, sunny winters with rainy season in late spring, followed by hot, humid summer.
Pruning:None yet.
Tree form:Central leader (widest at bottom)
Height:Up to 6ft / 2m
Cropping:Not specified
Growth:Not specified
Herbicides:Manual treatment (hoeing and weeding)
Pesticides:Organic treatments
Local pests:Kemushi (hairy caterpillar), deer (sapling damage), fungal diseases (brown rot, ring rot)

Owner's comments

These grafts were made onto M9-interstock and the intention is to cut off the existing root-ball once the M9 has sprouted roots (they're planted deeply) to end up with true M9 dwarf trees.

Season records for this tree

  • 2011

    All of the Cox's seedlings were transplanted from the nursery into our orchard plot during the early part of 2011. The move set them back a little (as expected), but there were no losses and they have made steady progress through the rest of the growing season (although not such prodigious growth as the Granny Smith grafts).
  • 2010

    Spring blossom: 2 June
    We searched and searched for Cox's here in Japan, but couldn't find a supplier. What we did find was that the Nagano Agricultural University keeps a DNA database of varieties and COP was in the database. The university very kindly agreed to let us have a few cuttings and on the 7th of April this year I grafted about twenty onto M9-interstem rootstock, with a couple of extra going onto existing (dwarf) Kougyoku and Sansa trees for luck. By mid May we had bud burst. Fingers crossed!
  • 2009

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