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About this Cox's Orange Pippin Apple tree

Owner: Dave

Location:  Santa Barbara, CALIFORNIA, United States

Age: Planted in about 2009
Age of this tree: 10 years
Soil characteristics at this location: heavy clay 
Climate at this location: warm spring, summer and fall, light winter frost
Pruning: summer pruning for size control, minimal winter pruning
Tree form: Central leader (widest at bottom)
Height: Not sure
Cropping: Not specified
Growth: Not specified
Herbicides: Manual treatment (hoeing and weeding)
Pesticides: Un-treated

Owner's comments

The tree produced poorly here and although the first two small crops had some very good tart apples, they also had some very poor ones. The third crop had no good apples, only soft, cracking ones. This was the variety that got me interested in growing apples, and I am glad that I tried growing it even though it is apparently not suited for this climate. Others in the Cox family that grew poorly and produced bad fruit here are Ribston Pippin, Suntan and Saint Cecilia. On the other hand, Laxton's Fortune has produced three crops of very good apples here so far.

Season records for this tree

Season Blossom date Picking / Yield Size Season notes


Canker: Not present
Scab: Not present
Mildew: Not present
Fireblight: Not present
Cedar-apple rust: Not present
Woolly aphid: Not present
Codling moth: Not present
I removed this tree at the end of this year. At best, half of its small harvests were good and the rest split and started rotting. This year all were bad and the tree stopped growing from the central leader.




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