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
- 23 Aug 2011 Hans MatthesILLKIRCH, FranceA 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 GrinstedDenmarkFilippa 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): http://www.fuglebjerggaard.dk/Per/aebler/aebler%20gamle%20sorter.htm And here http://www.dyrkfrugt.dk/index.php/æblesorterne/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.
- Willem Pranger in Dedemsvaart, OVERIJSSEL
Spring blossom records for this variety
Harvest records for this variety
- 2nd week September 2021 - tree owned by Willem in Dedemsvaart, Netherlands
- 4th week August 2020 - tree owned by Willem in Dedemsvaart, Netherlands
- 4th week September 2019 - tree owned by Willem in Dedemsvaart, Netherlands
- September 2016 - tree owned by Willem in Dedemsvaart, Netherlands
- 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
Where to buy fresh fruit
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