King of the Pippins apple trees

King of the Pippins apple tree
  • Pick: Late-season (early October)
  • Flowering group: 4
  • Uses: Eat fresh | Cookery | Juicing | Cider 
  • Pollination partners
RHS AGM for King of the Pippins

King of the Pippins is a widely-grown apple from the Victorian period. It is very typical of the "reinette" style apple, with its flushed orange skin and firm rather than crisp flesh - quite different to the modern supermarket apple.

King of the Pippins is a versatile apple, which is probably the main reason for its success. Although usually considered a dessert variety, it can also be used for cooking - particularly French-style patisseries, since the slices keep their shape when cooked. It is a good juicing apple too, the juice has a good robust flavour and can also be used in cider blends.

King of the Pippins apple trees for sale

Order now for delivery from 18th December

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity

Bare-root fruit trees

Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - MM106 rootstock £18.95 Sold outalert me
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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.

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Summary features of King of the Pippins

Growing

  • Gardening skill: Average?
  • Cropping: Good
  • Fertility: Partially self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 4?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Slightly small?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer?
  • Overall disease resistance: Average?
  • Scab: Some susceptibility?
  • Cedar apple rust: Some resistance?

Uses

  • Picking season: Late?
  • Use / keeping: 3 months or more?
  • Flavour quality: Good?
  • Flavour style: Sweet/Sharp
  • Good for eating fresh
  • Good for cooking
  • Good for juice
  • Good for cider
  • Cooking result: Keeps shape

Identification

  • Country of origin: France
  • Period of origin: 1800 - 1849
  • Fruit colour: Orange flush
  • Blossom colour: Pink - light
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • RHS AGM: RHS AGM
  • Popularity: Rarely grown?

Climate

  • Temperate climates
  • Tolerates cold winters
  • Planting position: Full sun preferred

Pollination guide for King of the Pippins

King of the Pippins is in flowering group 4. King of the Pippins is partially self-fertile, but fruiting will be improved if there is a compatible tree of a different variety nearby.

How to grow King of the Pippins apple trees

King of the Pippins is a good and reliable cropper. It grows in a compact neat fashion. Disease resistance is fairly good.

Historical details

The origins of King of the Pippins are not certain, but it was first recorded around 1800 in London, where it was introduced by a nurseryman, Kirke of Brompton. It almost certainly comes from France where it is known as Reine des Reinettes, but there are many other synonyms for this variety.

Botanical name

Malus domestica 'King of the Pippins'


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