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Kidd's Orange Red apple trees

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Kidd's Orange Red is one of the select band of apple varieties which can truly be said to rival the definitive Cox's Orange Pippin for flavour. It is primarily a sweet apple, but unlike most sweet apples it has a rich complexity to the flavours too. Kidd's Orange Red is fairly crisp but also pleasantly chewy, and each bite seems to release yet more juice and flavour.

Kidd's Orange Red is a popular garden variety in the UK, so much so that it has come to be regarded as a typical 'English' apple. However it was actually raised in New Zealand at the start of the 20th century by J.H. Kidd, who was an enthusiast of the English Cox's Orange Pippin apple which is one of the parents of Kidd's Orange Red.

The tree grows attractively, and the crimson pink blossom is a particular feature.

Although primarily an apple for eating fresh, Kidd's Orange Red also produces a high quality sweet apple juice, with a pleasing thick texture.

Captain Kidd is a 'sport' with a stronger red colour but identical in other respects.

Kidd's Orange Red apple trees for sale

Order now for delivery from 1st May.

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity

Pot-grown fruit trees

Medium  (2.2m - 3m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - 12l pot - M26 rootstock £29.95 Sold outalert me
Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - 12l pot - MM106 rootstock £29.95 Sold outalert me

Bare-root fruit trees

Small  (1.8m - 2.5m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - bare-root - M9 rootstock £25.95 Sold outalert me
Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - MM106 rootstock £17.45 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 £27.95 Sold outalert me
Large  (3.5m - 5m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - MM111 rootstock  Captain Kidd £18.45 Sold outalert me

Bare-root cordon fruit trees

Small  (1.8m - 2.5m after 5-10 years) Cordon - bare-root - M9 rootstock £24.95 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.

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 Kidd's Orange Red

Growing

  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners?
  • Cropping: Light
  • Fertility: Not self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 3?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Average growth?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer?
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening?
  • Attractive blossom
  • Overall disease resistance: Average
    Not usually troubled by scab or mildew?
  • Organic / no-spray culture?
  • Scab: Some resistance?
  • Fireblight: Some resistance?
  • Cedar apple rust: Some resistance?

Uses

  • Picking season: Late?
  • Use / keeping: 1-2 months
    Will keep in a cold store until Christmas?
  • Flavour quality: Very good?
  • Flavour style: Aromatic
  • Good for eating fresh
  • Good for juice
  • Drying / Discoloring: No discolor / Good for drying?

Identification

  • Country of origin: New Zealand
  • Period of origin: 1900 - 1949
  • Fruit colour: Orange / Red
  • Blossom colour: Pink - dark
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • RHS AGM: RHS AGM
  • Popularity: Best sellers?

Climate

  • Temperate climates
  • Tolerates cold winters
  • UK Zone 2 - Northern UK: Yes
  • Cold hardiness: -30F / -34C?
  • Planting position: Full sun preferred

Pollination guide for Kidd's Orange Red

Kidd's Orange Red is in flowering group 3. Kidd's Orange Red 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 Kidd's Orange Red apple trees

It often seems that apples with the best flavor are the most difficult to grow, but this is not the case with Kidd's Orange Red. It is very easy to grow, generally problem-free, and makes an excellent garden variety for most regions, including cool temperate climates and warmer climates. It forms an attractive-looking tree with long branches which grow vertically when the tree is young but then bend over with fruit as the tree comes into bearing. (If necessary, tie the young branches towards the horizontal to improve the appearance - this will also help cropping). Certainly worth considering as a feature apple tree.

The only caveats are that the fruit ripens late in the season, and benefits from being planted in a sunny spot in the garden. It is not a heavy-cropper, although cropping is reliable.

Fruit size can be on the small size but this can be corrected by moderate thinning as the fruitlets start to form.

Kidd's Orange Red is a good choice if you are not keen on pruning, as its branches and fruiting spurs do not become congested as the tree ages.

Historical details

Kidd's Orange Red was developed in the 1920s by New Zealand apple enthusiast J.H. Kidd. It is a cross between Cox's Orange Pippin and Delicious.

Botanical name

Malus domestica 'Kidd's Orange Red'


UK-grown trees All our trees are grown in the UK.