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Holstein apple

Noted for its excellent orange-yellow juice, fairly soft, slight pineapple flavour

Holstein apple identification images

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USDA identification images for Holstein

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

    Visitor reviews

    • 29 May 2021  MO, United States
      Looking for some sion wood of the Holstein apple variety
    • 16 Sep 2019  SURREY/ + SILESIA, United Kingdom
      I have approx 30 different varieties of apples and Holstein with Christmas pippin are my favorites. They grow well in the south UK as well as in the south of Poland where both locations have orchards. we try to train some of them on espaliers and this year (7th from planting gave fantastic crop
    • 29 Jan 2016  BRANDENBURG, Germany
      This variety is the originally called „Holsteiner Cox“ from the former historical region „Holstein“ in the northern of Germany. Meanwhile quite common on sale in super markets here. Some traders use this one as substitute for the famous Cox Orange Pippin. But they are more different than equal regarding the taste from my point of view even if the same family. Holstein is characterized by a richly spiced enjoyable acid if fully ripe which tends to be like its apple grand father Ribston Pippin as often assumed. The taste experience is amongst others very dependent on the storage conditions and the „right moment“. I would recommend to keep the bought ones cool and let the basic color change from green to a slight yellow. Eat them well cooled (around 50 °F / 10 °C) to get a fresh, juicy and dense flesh. You can also use this apple for pies, cakes or remove the core and directly bake it in an oven with a nut-butter-cream or almond paste filling (Don't forget the vanilla sauce for Christmas season). The skin remains comparatively fine while cooking. All in all this is definitely one of the most underestimated apples.
    • 23 Oct 2015  MASSACHUSETTS, United States
      Flavor in New England not as rich or complex to my taste buds as its reputation. Taste before you plant, or you may be disappointed by it.
    • 15 Apr 2013  WISCONSIN, United States
      I grow 54 varieties of apples and Holstein is my flavor favorite. Beats the hell out of Honeycrisp. I only wish I could coax more production out of my trees. I have it on two different rootstocks, and both are stingy producers. Plus, if you just look at these apples they fall from the tree. If it didn't taste so good I would prune both trees---at ground level! When I have a few to take to market, they fly off the table. People will most often just buy everything I have in one purchase! If anyone knows how to get more production from these trees, please let me know!
    • 29 Apr 2012  COLORADO, United States
      I'm still waiting to taste one, which will likely be from my own tree. I purchased the tree mailorder in 2011, along with several other hard to find varieties, from Maple Valley Orchards, in Wisconsin, USA.
    • 20 Jul 2010  WASHINGTON, United States
      Question for Florian D. in WA: If you've just planted your Holstein Cox in '09, let me know how it does and your regard for its taste. Your name keeps coming up re apples that pique my interest. Dave Liezen, Spokane
    • 14 Nov 2009  IRELAND, Ireland
      Just eaten a lovely, organic, German one of these. I will definetly be a repeat buyer.
    • 13 Mar 2009  LANGLEY, BC, Canada
      Comment for Antje. You will not see Holstein apples for sale on the lower mainland. I've not seen them in any nursery either. You can graft your own tree or buy one from someone who grafts trees. The graft material for Holstein is available. It comes from local home gardens. It is a very good 'cox' style apple for the wet weather of the westcoast of BC. Scab resistant.
    • 16 Feb 2009  OR, United States
      This apple is grown by many in the Home Orchard Society. It is one of my favorites in my own orchard. I like it as a fresh eater and as a pie.
    • 20 Oct 2008  VANCOUVER, BC, Canada
      Is this the "Holsteiner Cox"? Holstein Cox is very common in Northern Germany. It was grown from Cox Orange in the region of Holstein. It is my favourite dessert apple, but unfortunately I have never seen it in Canada even though the West Coast climate is quite similar to Northern Germany.

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    • Pat in Hamilton, ONTARIO

    Spring blossom records for this variety

    2014 season

    • 8th May  2014  - tree owned by Don in Twisp, United States

    2013 season

    • 29th April  2013  - tree owned by Florian in Brush Prairie, United States

    2011 season

    • 20th April  2011  - tree owned by Dr in Petersfield, United Kingdom
    • 15th April  2011  - tree owned by Peter in Croom, United States
    • 15th April  2011  - tree owned by Peter in Croom, United States

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    Harvest records for this variety

    2010 season

    • 3rd week September  2010  - tree owned by Dr in Petersfield, United Kingdom


    • Species: Malus domestica - Apple
    • Parentage: Possibly Cox
    • Originates from: Germany
    • Introduced: 1918
    • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1979-163


    • Country of origin: Germany
    • Period of origin: 1900 - 1949
    • Fruit colour: Orange flush
    • Flower colour: Pink - light
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Popularity: Rarely grown
    • Annual cycle: Deciduous


    • Picking season: Late
    • Keeping (of fruit): 1-2 months
    • Flavour quality: Very good
    • Flavour style (apples): Aromatic
    • Discoloration of fruit: No discoloration (Good for drying)
    • Cropping: Good
    • Food uses: Eating fresh
    • Food uses: Juice
    • Juice colour: Pale orange
    • Picking period: mid-September
    • Wildlife: RHS Plants for Pollinators


    • Gardening skill: Average
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Pollinating others: Poor
    • Ploidy: Triploid
    • Vigour: Vigorous
    • Bearing regularity: Regular
    • Growth habit: Spreading / Flat-topped
    • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
    • Attractive features: Attractive fruit
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile


    • Climate suitability: Temperate climates
    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)

    Other qualities

    • Disease resistance: Average
    • Scab (Apple and Pear): Very resistant
    • Canker: Some susceptibility
    • Powdery mildew: Some susceptibility
    • Fire blight: Some susceptibility

    Where to buy trees

    The following tree nurseries offer Holstein apple trees for sale:

    Where to buy fresh fruit

    The following orchards grow Holstein:

    United States



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