Botanical name :Malus Domestica ‘Cox’s Orange Pippin’
Description:Cox’s Orange Pippin is an upright, deciduous apple tree with a spreading habit. Its scented blossoms are pale pink in colour and appear in Spring. The flavourful fruit is ready to harvest in mid October. These well loved apples are yellow in colour with an orange-red blush and are a great dessert apple.You can tell these apples are ripe by shaking them as the seeds make a rattling sound because they are held loosely in the apple core.
History and folklore:A retired brewer, Richard Cox grew the first Cox’s Orange Pippin in Buckinghamshire, England in 1830. This variety’s longevity and popularity is testament to Cox’s success. The parent cultivar is thought to be the ‘Ribston Pippin’. Apple trees are a common and celebrated subject in Irish folklore and poetry. The apple was a welcome seasonal source of a tasty food and if the crop was abundant it was possible to use for cider or apple jelly making. In the eight century text Bretha Comhaithceasa, the Apple was included as one of the nobles of the forest.This meant that severe penalties could be
exacted for any wilful damage to an apple tree in ancient Ireland.
Uses:Cox’s Orange Pippin apples are best enjoyed as an eating apple and are great for making fresh juice.
Planting information:Position in full sun and a well drained soil.
Approximate height when delivered:4ft
Mature height and spread:Mature height 8 metres by 8 metres spread.
“After my baby boy was born in January, he received the most beautiful gift from a relative. It was an apple tree she had purchased from Michelle at Treeco. A special gift that I know my children and my grandchildren will enjoy the produce from for years to come, it came beautifully presented in a hessian wrap and ribbon and a lovely winter poem attached too along with information about how to plant and take care of our lovely tree. It truly is an amazing gift that we can watch grow and blossom in our garden forever”, Nichola Dunne, Allen.