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Filippa apple

We are grateful to Mr J. Olsen of Vejle, Denmark for information about this variety.

Filippa is thought to be a seedling of Gravenstein, less prone to disease than its parent, but not grown commercially. It is a tip-bearing variety.

USDA identification images for Filippa

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

    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

    • Gravenstein (parent) - Filippa is thought to be a seedling of Gravenstein

    Visitor reviews

    • 23 Aug 2011  ILLKIRCH, France
      A very good apple, good flavour. Healthy tree. Has to be consumed ripe. The apples has a tendency to fall off before ripeness.
    • 17 Apr 2011  Denmark
      Filippa is named after the little girl who planted the seed of a wild apple in her mothers flower pot. It is believed that the original Filippa tree bore its first fruit in 1884 two years after being planted. So, it must be from 1882. In february 1889 the Filippa apple got the Danish garden societys certificate of First class for an excellent seedling-apple. It was planted in Rosenborg castle in Copenhagen. In 1906 the Filippa tree was in the way of a school construction and it was dragged to a new location. In August 27 1937 it became a protected tree and it is still living as far as i know. The tree has an interesting story and most of it can be read here (in danish): And hereæblesorterne/aeblesorten-filippa-aebler-aebletrae.html Excellent taste; moderate number of fruits; hardy; fruits tend to drop in strong wind, a very good garden variety; Stores well.

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    Spring blossom records for this variety

    2022 season

    • 25th April  2022  - tree owned by Willem in Dedemsvaart, Netherlands

    2020 season

    • 22nd April  2020  - tree owned by Willem in Dedemsvaart, Netherlands

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    Harvest records for this variety

    2021 season

    • 2nd week September  2021  - tree owned by Willem in Dedemsvaart, Netherlands

    2020 season

    • 4th week August  2020  - tree owned by Willem in Dedemsvaart, Netherlands

    2019 season

    • 4th week September  2019  - tree owned by Willem in Dedemsvaart, Netherlands

    2016 season

    • September  2016  - tree owned by Willem in Dedemsvaart, Netherlands

    2012 season

    • September  2012  - tree owned by Jennifer in Horten, Norway


    • Species: Malus domestica - Apple
    • Parentage: Probably a seedling of Gravenstein
    • Originates from: Hunstrup, Southern Fyn, Denmark
    • Introduced: 1880s
    • Developed by: Filippa Johannsen
    • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1927-023


    • Country of origin: Denmark
    • Period of origin: 1850 - 1899


    • Flowering group: 4
    • Ploidy: Diploid
    • Fruit bearing: Tip-bearer
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile

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