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Allington Pippin apple

An interesting high quality English dual-purpose apple.  It can be used initially as a baking apple (it keeps its shape when cooked) but after a few months in store the flavour mellows to an intense fruit drop or pineapple flavour.

Allington Pippin was developed by in the 1870s by Thomas Laxton, a nurseryman from south Lincolnshire.  (He later moved to establish his main nursery in Bedfordshire).  It was originally known as South Lincoln Beauty. In 1894 it was taken on by George Bunyard, the owner of the Allington Nusery, which is now a suburb of Maidstone.  He renamed it Allington Pippin, after his own nursery.  Ironically there is also a village in Lincolnshire of the same name.

USDA identification images for Allington Pippin

The identification paintings in the USDA Pomological Watercolor Collection span the years 1886 to 1942.

  • USDA watercolor image of Malus domestica: Allington Pippin

Citation: U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection. Rare and Special Collections, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD 20705.

Parents and other ancestors of this variety

Visitor reviews

  • 22 Apr 2020  CAMBS, United Kingdom
    I have a very old Allington Pippin tree. It was identified by the RHS in their identification scheme. My house was built in 1901 on an old orchard and several very old trees remain in our garden. It has a wonderful flavour when cooked, people often ask if it is a pear. It keeps very well, often until April. One problem is that it tends to bear biennially.
  • 07 Oct 2018  LINCOLNSHIRE, United Kingdom
    Have six of these trees found under several metres of brambles; the farm had been abandoned for decades,. One blew over in the wind. The others, very old and spindly from years starved of sunshine, have brightened up and produce very good quantities of the most delicious apples I have ever tasted.
  • 27 Oct 2012  LINCOLNSHIRE, United Kingdom
    Planted tree (M111 rootstock) four years ago and this year have had first apples. Good crop stays well on tree to end of Oct. Generally clean fruit of good size. Really interesting flavour once stored for few weeks - fresh aciditiy (not sour) with satisfying fruity notes after. Cooks well and is storing well so far
  • 02 Nov 2009  Sweden
    In a danish test made ca 1939 Allington pippin was the best apple for making applejuice. The second best was Filippa.
  • 20 Oct 2009  FARLEY, SALISBURY, WILTS, United Kingdom
    I have an old tree producing prolific fruit well into the Autumn. It has been neglected but the frit still has a good flavour. The aples are usually covered in a black (sooty) covering of unkown sources - no neareby bonfires of chimneys - which washes off with a brush in water.

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Spring blossom records for this variety

2012 season

  • May  2012  - tree owned by Graham in Coldstream, United Kingdom
  • May  2012  - tree owned by Graham in Coldstream, United Kingdom

2011 season

  • 24th April  2011  - tree owned by Mary in , United Kingdom
  • 17th April  2011  - tree owned by Simon in Swanage, United Kingdom

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Harvest records for this variety

2015 season

  • 4th week October  2015  - tree owned by Carol in Lincoln, United Kingdom

2012 season

  • October  2012  - tree owned by Graham in Coldstream, United Kingdom
  • October  2012  - tree owned by Graham in Coldstream, United Kingdom


  • Species: Malus domestica - Apple
  • Parentage: Cox's Orange Pippin x King of the Pippins
  • Originates from: Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom
  • Introduced: 1884
  • Developed by: Thomas Laxton
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 2000-016


  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Period of origin: 1850 - 1899
  • Fruit colour: Orange flush
  • Flower colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Annual cycle: Deciduous


  • Picking season: Late
  • Keeping (of fruit): 3 months or more
  • Flavour quality: Good
  • Flavour style (apples): Aromatic
  • Cooking result: Keeps shape
  • Vitamin C content: Medium
  • Cropping: Good
  • Food uses: Eating fresh
  • Food uses: Culinary
  • Food uses: Dual purpose
  • Picking period: late September
  • Wildlife: RHS Plants for Pollinators


  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Pollinating others: Average
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Average vigour
  • Bearing regularity: Biennial tendency
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
  • Self-fertility: Partially self-fertile


  • Frost resistance of blossom: Susceptible
  • Cold hardiness (USDA): Zone 5 (-29C)
  • Cold hardiness (USDA): Zone 6 (-23C)
  • Cold hardiness (USDA): Zone 7 (-18C)
  • Cold hardiness (USDA): Zone 8 (-12C)
  • Climate suitability: Temperate climates
  • Climate suitability: Mild damp climates
  • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)
  • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cold (< 20C / 67F)

Other qualities

  • Disease resistance: Average
  • Scab (Apple and Pear): Some resistance
  • Brown rot: Some susceptibility

Where to buy trees

The following tree nurseries offer Allington Pippin apple trees for sale:

  • Keepers Nursery
    United Kingdom  More >>
  • Trees of Antiquity, LLC
    United States  More >>

Where to buy fresh fruit

The following orchards grow Allington Pippin:

United Kingdom


  • Apples of England (1948)
    Author: Taylor

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