Laxton's Superb apple trees

Laxton's Superb apple tree

Laxton's Superb is a classic English dessert apple from the Victorian era, still widely grown in gardens and small orchards. The apples have the orange/red flush which is characteristic of many English apple varieties. The flavour is basically sweet, and the flesh is firm rather than crunchy. All in all, a typical Victorian apple.

One of the parents of Laxton's Superb is Cox's Orange Pippin, and it is often grown as a Cox-substitute. The appearance and flavour are quite close to Cox's Orange Pippin but the tree is hardier and better-cropping.

Laxton's Superb apple trees for sale

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Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity

Pot-grown fruit trees

Very small  (1.5m after 5-10 years) 2-year patio-tree - 11.5l pot - M27 rootstock £31.50 Sold outalert me
Medium  (2.2m - 3m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - 12l pot - M26 rootstock £31.50 Sold outalert me
Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - 12l pot - MM106 rootstock £31.50
Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) Half-standard premium - 12l pot - MM106 rootstock £37.95

Bare-root fruit trees

Small  (1.8m - 2.5m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - bare-root - M9 rootstock £27.95
Medium  (2.2m - 3m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - M26 rootstock £18.95 Sold outalert me
Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - MM106 rootstock £18.95
Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - bare-root - MM106 rootstock £27.95 Sold outalert me
Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) Half-standard - bare-root - MM106 rootstock £31.95 Sold outalert me
Full size  (5m+ after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - M25 rootstock £18.95
Full size  (5m+ after 5-10 years) Standard 1.75m - bare-root - M25 rootstock £31.95

Pot-grown cordon fruit trees

Small  (1.8m - 2.5m after 5-10 years) Cordon premium - 12l pot - M9 rootstock £32.45 Sold outalert me

Bare-root cordon fruit trees

Small  (1.8m - 2.5m after 5-10 years) Cordon - bare-root - M9 rootstock £26.95 Sold outalert me

Trained fruit trees - pot-grown

Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) Fan -12l pot - MM106 rootstock £55.95 Enquire
Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) Espalier 2-tier -12l pot - MM106 rootstock £55.95 Enquire

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 Laxton's Superb

Growing

  • Gardening skill: Average?
  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Fertility: Partially self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 4?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Slightly large?
  • Bearing regularity: Biennial tendency?
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer?
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening?
  • Overall disease resistance: Average?
  • Canker: Some resistance?
  • Scab: Some susceptibility?
  • Mildew: Some resistance?

Uses

Identification

  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Period of origin: 1850 - 1899
  • Fruit colour: Orange / Red
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • 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 Laxton's Superb

Laxton's Superb is in flowering group 4. Laxton's Superb is partially self-fertile, but fruiting will be improved if there is a compatible tree of a different variety nearby.

How to grow Laxton's Superb apple trees

Laxton's Superb is a good apple variety for the garden. It blossoms quite late which can be useful in areas subject to spring frosts, and the tree is fairly disease resistant (although it can be affected by scab). The tree is quite easy to identify (even without apples on it) owing to its weeping growth habit and long whippy branches.

The main problem with Laxton's Superb is a tendency towards biennial bearing, which means it will produce a good crop one year and then hardly anything the next. If you notice this occurring you can alleviate it by deliberately over-thinning in the "on year", although many owners just put up with it.

Laxton's Superb produces a strong-growing tree, and is therefore best grown on a less vigorous rootstock for smaller gardens.

Historical details

Developed by the famous Laxton Brothers nursery in Bedford, England, and introduced in 1897. A cross between Cox's Orange Pippin and Wyken Pippin.

Botanical name

Malus domestica 'Laxton's Superb'


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