New season starts September 2014Order now for delivery in September (pot-grown trees) or November (bare-root). 

Christmas Pippin® Apple trees

  • Pick: Late-season
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Uses: Eat fresh 

Christmas Pippin is a new Cox-style apple variety introduced in 2011. Unusually for a modern apple variety, it is a genuine "pippin" apple, raised from seed and of unknown parentage.

Christmas Pippin is a very "more-ish" apple, with a definite apple flavour, juicy melting flesh and a thin skin - and it tastes exactly like an apple should. The flavour is essentially sweet, but with some sharpness too. It is bound to be popular with fans of Cox's Orange Pippin or similar varieties - and it is much easier to grow.

Christmas Pippin® is a protected variety.

Order now for delivery week commencing 15th September 2014 onwards (pot-grown) or December (bare-root).

Christmas Pippin apple trees for sale

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity

Pot-grown fruit trees  (Deliveries Sept 2014 - April 2015)

Very small  (1.5m - 2m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - 12l pot - M27 rootstock £29.95
Small  (1.8m - 2.5m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - 12l pot - M9 rootstock £28.95
Medium  (2.2m - 3m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - 12l pot - M26 rootstock £28.95
Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - 12l pot - MM106 rootstock £28.95
Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) Half-standard premium - 12l pot - MM106 rootstock £34.95

Bare-root fruit trees  (Deliveries November 2014 - February 2015)

Very small  (1.5m - 2m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - M27 rootstock £18.95
Small  (1.8m - 2.5m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - bare-root - M9 rootstock £25.95
Small  (1.8m - 2.5m after 5-10 years) Knip boom - bare-root - M9 rootstock £19.95
Medium  (2.2m - 3m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - M26 rootstock £18.45
Medium  (2.2m - 3m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - bare-root - M26 rootstock £25.95
Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - MM106 rootstock £18.45
Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) 1-year bush-trained - bare-root - MM106 rootstock £19.45
Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - bare-root - MM106 rootstock £25.95
Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) Half-standard - bare-root - MM106 rootstock £26.95

Pot-grown cordon fruit trees  (Deliveries Sept 2014 - April 2015)

Small  (1.8m - 2.5m after 5-10 years) Cordon premium - 12l pot - M9 rootstock £27.95

Bare-root cordon fruit trees  (Deliveries November 2014 - February 2015)

Small  (1.8m - 2.5m after 5-10 years) Cordon - bare-root - M9 rootstock £22.95

Trained fruit trees - pot-grown  (Deliveries Sept 2014 - April 2015)

Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) Fan 4-arm -12l pot - MM106 rootstock £49.95
Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) Espalier 2-tier -12l pot - MM106 rootstock £49.95

Delivery period: Pot-grown trees can be delivered from September onwards. Bare-root trees can be delivered from mid-November onwards. Within those periods you can specify your preferred month of delivery during the checkout process. It is best to order as soon as you can to ensure items are reserved for you.

*Mature size: Height shown is the approximate height of the tree when mature (after 5-10 years), not the height when supplied. See photos of trees as supplied. Actual mature heights may vary considerably dependent on your local conditions and training and pruning regime - see our Tree Height Calculator.

Stock availability: Items showing as 'sold out' will probably be available again next season. Click here to be notified when we get more trees of this variety.

Summary features of Christmas Pippin

    Growing

  • Gardening skill: Easy?
  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Fertility: Not self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 3?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Average growth?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer?
  • Fruit persistence: Ripens over a period?
  • Overall disease resistance: Average?
  • Canker: Some resistance?
  • Scab: Some resistance?

    Uses

  • Picking season: Late?
  • Use / keeping: 1-2 months?
  • Flavour quality: Very good?
  • Flavour style: Sweet/Sharp
  • Good for eating fresh
  • Drying / Discoloring: Oxidising?

    Identification

  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Period of origin: 2000
  • Fruit colour: Orange flush
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Popularity: Best sellers?

    Climate

  • Temperate climates


Pollination guide for Christmas Pippin

Christmas Pippin is in flowering group 3. Christmas Pippin is self-sterile and needs to be pollinated by another tree of a different variety nearby. Since it flowers in the middle of the blossom season it can be pollinated by most other apple trees.

How to grow Christmas Pippin apple trees

Christmas Pippin is easy to grow, with better yields than Cox's Orange Pippin. It can be pollinated by most other apple varieties.



Historical details

Christmas Pippin is a modern variety, first introduced in 2011, so you might expect it to be the result of a major university-led apple breeding programme. In fact the original tree was discovered growing beside a road near an orchard in Somerset, so it is a genuine seedling or "pippin" variety, perhaps from a motorist's discarded apple core. The parentage is unknown, but there is clearly an influence from Cox's Orange Pippin in its ancestry. The leaf shape has some resemblance to Gala (which itself is distantly related to Cox's Orange Pippin).

Christmas Pippin® is a protected variety.


Botanical name

Malus domestica 'Christmas Pippin'


Related variety collections

Cox's Orange Pippin substitutes



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