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Cox's Orange Pippin Apple tree

Owner: Dave

Location:  Harefield, MIDDLESEX, United Kingdom

Age:Planted in about
Soil:clay over gravel 
Climate at this location:canal creates cool microclimate
Pruning:3 - tier espalier
Tree form:Espalier
Height:Up to 6ft / 2m
Cropping:Biennial cropping (alternate years)
Growth:This tree grows fairly well here
Herbicides:Manual treatment (hoeing and weeding)
Pesticides:Organic treatments
Local pests:scrumping kids!

Owner's comments

tends to crop biennially, though this was mentioned in the Ken Muir catalogue, so not disappointed. Really crisp, complex taste in a good summer and good in the poor seasons. Need to keep on top of the pruning as has a habit of producing vegetative growth along the branches at the expense of fruit bearing spurs.

Season records for this tree

  • 2011

    Spring blossom: 21 April
    Harvest: 4th week September
    very cold start to spring, masses of blossom but average crop
  • 2010

    Spring blossom: 12 April
    Harvest: 1st week October
    wet spring and summer but outstanding crop
  • 2009

    Spring blossom: 28 March
    Harvest: 2nd week October
    dreary summer, poor yields