Please would you advise if Cox's Orange Pippin is a suitable variety of apple tree to grow in south-west France - the climate is Mediterranean i.e. hot summers and very cold winters. Many thanks.
We've sent Cox's Orange Pippin trees to several customers in similar situations. We recommend using a semi-vigorous rootstock such as MM106 or a more vigorous one for these conditions.
Cox's Orange Pippin does best dry climates, but the amazing flavour can collapse in areas with prolonged high summer temperatures. Consider Kidd's Orange Red or Rubinette as alternatives, they both get close to the flavour of Cox's Orange Pippin whilst being able to tolerate warmer climates.
We also have a page listing apple varieties suitable for growing in the Mediterranean climate of southern Europe.