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Rival apple

By the early 20th century Cox's Orange Pippin was well-established as the premier English apple.  However it was not the easiest to grow, and many attempts were made to cross it with varieties which were easier to manage.  Rival is slightly unusual in that the other parent is Peasgood's Nonsuch, a well-regarded English cooking apple, which imparts good disease resistance and a much shaper flavour.

Rival is a good variety for attracting deer as the apples stay on the tree into winter.

Rival identification photos

UK National Fruit Collection
UK National Fruit Collection
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Visitor reviews

  • 20 Oct 2013  Sheila Barnes,  NORFOLK, United Kingdom
    We have a Rival tree in our garden. Apples taste quite sweet and cook well. They are not good "keepers" as they yend to become quite floury.

Tree register

United Kingdom


Spring blossom records for this variety

2013 season

  • May  2013  - tree owned by Sheila in Methwold, United Kingdom

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Harvest records for this variety

2013 season

  • 4th week August  2013  - tree owned by Sheila in Methwold, United Kingdom


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Peasgood Nonsuch x Cox's Orange Pippin
  • Originates from: Berkshire, United Kingdom
  • Introduced: 1907
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 2070
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1907-006


  • Fruit colour: Green


  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Uses: Cooking
  • Cooking result: Textured puree
  • Flavour quality: Good
  • Flavour style: Sharper
  • Harvest period: Late season
  • Use / keeping: 1-2 months


  • Cropping: Good
  • Flowering period: Mid season
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Fertility: Partially self-fertile
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Average growth
  • Bearing regularity: Biennial tendency
  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
  • General disease resistance: Good


  • Climate suitability: Temperate climates
  • Climate suitability: Tolerates cold winters

Parents and other ancestors of this variety

Offspring of this variety


  • Scab  - Some resistance

Where to buy fresh fruit

No orchards have registered as growing this variety. If you grow this and want to register please go to our Orchard Registration form.


  • Apples of England (1948)
    Author: Taylor

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