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King's Acre Pippin apple trees

King's Acre Pippin

King's Acre Pippin has the typical flushed orange autumnal tones of the traditional English apple. It is a very-late season apple, often not ripening until the end of October or early November.

Although related to Ribston Pippin and having some of the appearance of that variety, it inherits the crisp dense sharp-flavoured flesh of its other parent, Sturmer Pippin.

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Bare-root

  • BR12-year (1.75m) bare-root tree M25 rootstock £29.95
    Very large tree (4m-7m after 10 years)

How to grow

King's Acre Pippin has the strong vigorous growth of a triploid variety. It is unusually late ripening for an English variety - probably inherited from its Sturmer Pippin parent. It is therefore probably best grown in the south and east of the UK where it can benefit from the longer autumn ripening period.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

History

Developed at King's Acre Nurseries of Hereford and introduced in 1899. King's Acre Pippin is believed to be a cross between Sturmer Pippin and Ribston Pippin.

King's Acre Pippin characteristics

Using

  • CroppingGood
  • Picking seasonVery late
  • Keeping (of fruit)3 months or more
  • Flavour qualityGood
  • WildlifeRHS perfect for pollinators
  • Flavour style (apples)Sharper
  • Food usesEating fresh

Growing

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • PloidyDiploid
  • Bearing regularityRegular
  • Fruit bearingSpur-bearer

Problems

  • Disease resistanceAverage
  • ScabSome susceptibility
  • Bitter pitSome susceptibility

Climate

  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climatesWarm climates
  • Summer average maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)

Identification

  • Country of originUnited Kingdom
  • Period of origin1850 - 1899
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Leaf colourGreen
  • Fruit colourOrange flush