Cox Orange Pippin Apple

Cox's Orange Pippin apple is highly regarded due to its excellent flavor and attractive appearance. The apples are of medium size, orange-red in color, deepening to bright red and mottled with carmine over a deep yellow background. The flesh is very aromatic, yellow-white, fine-grained, crisp, and very juicy. Cox's flavor is sprightly subacid, with hints of cherry and anise, becoming softer and milder with age. When ripe apples are shaken, the seeds make a rattling sound as they are only loosely held in the apple's flesh.

One of the best in quality of the English dessert apples, Cox's Orange Pippin may be eaten out of hand or sliced. Not recommended for cooking, it cooks to a fine froth. Cox's Orange Pippin is often blended with other varieties in the production of cider.

  • Botanical name: Malus domestica 'Cox's Orange Pippin'
  • Zone range: 4 - 8
  • Size at maturity: 12 - 15' Tall X 12 - 15' Wide
  • Harvest: Mid-September
  • Sun level: Full sun
  • Soil composition: Loamy
  • Soil moisture: Well-drained
  • Optimal soil pH: 6.0 - 7.0
  • Years to bear: 2 - 5

Best pollinators: Akane, Cortland, Pink Lady, Fuji, Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Jonathan, McIntosh, Red Delicious, Spartan, Gala, Golden Delicious

Cox's Orange Pippin, in Britain often referred to simply as Cox, is an apple cultivar first grown in 1830, at Coinbrook in Buckinghampshire, England, by the retired brewer and horticulturalist, Richard Cox.

Photo Credit - Andreas Rother - Canon digital ixus