Spring 2014 - pot-grown fruit treesPot-grown fruit trees are now available, and can be planted out over Easter and throughout April and May. 

Fiesta apple trees

RHS AGM for Fiesta
  • Pick: Late-season
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Uses: Eat fresh | Juicing 

Fiesta is a relatively new English apple, developed in Kent in the 1970s but with a very traditional English style and flavour. Cox's Orange Pippin is one of its parents, and it has inherited the classic Cox aromatic sweet/sharp flavour. Visually it also looks the part, with the attractive orange flush so typical of traditional English apples.

Fiesta is one of the best apples for juicing. It produces copious amounts of juice, with a very good rich sweet / sharp flavour.

It can also be used as a substitute for Cox's Orange Pippin in apple cookery - slices keep their shape when cooked.

Unlike Cox's Orange Pippin, Fiesta also stores very well and remains firm and sweet - a quality it probably inherits from its other parent, an American variety called Idared.

Fiesta is grown commercially on a small-scale in the UK and France, sometimes marketed as Red Pippin. It is easy to grow and a reliable cropper, making it an excellent choice for the garden or small orchard.

Fiesta® is a protected variety.

Order now for delivery week commencing 28th April 2014.

Fiesta apple trees for sale

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity

Pot-grown fruit trees  (Deliveries Sept 2013 - April 2014)

Very small  (1.5m - 2m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - 12l pot - M27 rootstock £29.45
Medium  (2.2m - 3m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - 12l pot - M26 rootstock £28.95 Sold outalert me
Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - 12l pot - MM106 rootstock £28.95

Bare-root fruit trees  (Deliveries Dec 2013 -March 2014)

Very small  (1.5m - 2m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - M27 rootstock £18.95 Sold outalert me
Medium  (2.2m - 3m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - M26 rootstock £18.45 Sold outalert me
Medium  (2.2m - 3m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - bare-root - M26 rootstock £25.95 Sold outalert me
Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - MM106 rootstock £18.45 Sold outalert me
Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) 1-year bush-trained - bare-root - MM106 rootstock £19.45 Sold outalert me
Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - bare-root - MM106 rootstock £25.95 Sold outalert me
Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) Half-standard - bare-root - MM106 rootstock £26.95 Sold outalert me

Pot-grown cordon fruit trees  (Deliveries Sept 2013 - April 2014)

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

Bare-root cordon fruit trees  (Deliveries Dec 2013 -March 2014)

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

Trained fruit trees - pot-grown  (Deliveries Sept 2013 - April 2014)

Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) Espalier 2-tier -12l pot - MM106 rootstock £49.00 Sold outalert me
Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) Fan 4-arm -12l pot - MM106 rootstock £49.00 Sold outalert me

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.

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Summary features of Fiesta

    Growing

  • Gardening skill: Easy?
  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Fertility: Partially self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 3?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Average growth?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer?
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening?
  • Overall disease resistance: Average?
  • Organic / no-spray culture?
  • Canker: Some susceptibility?
  • Mildew: Some resistance?
  • Bitter pit: Some susceptibility?

    Uses

  • Picking season: Late?
  • Use / keeping: 3 months or more?
  • Flavour quality: Good?
  • Flavour style: Aromatic
  • Good for eating fresh
  • Good for juice
  • Drying / Discoloring: Oxidising?

    Identification

  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999
  • Fruit colour: Orange flush
  • Blossom colour: Pink - light
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • RHS AGM: RHS AGM
  • Popularity: Best sellers?


Pollination guide for Fiesta

Fiesta is in flowering group 3. Fiesta is partially self-fertile, but fruiting will be improved if there is a compatible 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 Fiesta apple trees

Fiesta is easy to grow and is an excellent substitute for Cox, inheriting much of the rich aromatic flavour - but few of the horticultural difficulties.

Fiesta has better than average tolerance to poor soils including chalky soils.

Fiesta trees tend to grow in a rather haphazard fashion, so this is perhaps not the best variety to choose if you want the tree to be a feature in the garden.



Historical details

Developed in the 1970s at the East Malling Research Station in Kent, UK. Fiesta is a cross between Cox's Orange Pippin and Idared. It is sometimes known as 'Red Pippin'.

Fiesta® is a protected variety.


Botanical name

Malus domestica Fiesta


Related variety collections

Top 5 apple varieties with the best flavour, Cox's Orange Pippin substitutes, Apple varieties suitable for organic culture



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