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Laxton's Superb apple trees

Laxton's Superb

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

Pot-grown

All pot-grown trees are suitable for planting out in the garden, some are suitable for growing in containers.

  • PG12-year bush-trained 11.5L pot-grown tree M27 rootstock £42.00
    Very small tree (< 1.7m after 10 years)
  • PG2Premium cordon 12L pot-grown tree M9 rootstock £43.50
    Small tree (1.5m-2.5m after 10 years)
  • PG32-year bush-trained 12L pot-grown tree M26 rootstock £39.50
    Medium tree (2m-3m after 10 years)
  • PG42-year bush-trained 12L pot-grown tree MM106 rootstock £39.50
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
  • PG5Premium half-standard 12L pot-grown tree MM106 rootstock £44.50
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
  • PG6Espalier 12L pot-grown tree MM106 rootstock £59.50
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
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  • PG7Fan-trained 12L pot-grown tree MM106 rootstock £59.50
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
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Bare-root

  • BR11-year bare-root tree M26 rootstock £19.95
    Medium tree (2m-3m after 10 years)
  • BR22-year bush-trained bare-root tree M26 rootstock £29.95
    Medium tree (2m-3m after 10 years)
  • BR31-year bare-root tree MM106 rootstock £19.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
  • BR41-year bare-root tree M25 rootstock £19.95
    Very large tree (4m-7m after 10 years)

How to grow

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.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

History

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

Laxton's Superb characteristics

Using

  • CroppingHeavy
  • Picking seasonLate
  • Keeping (of fruit)1-2 months
  • Fruit persistenceNormal ripening
  • Flavour qualityGood
  • WildlifeRHS perfect for pollinators
  • Flavour style (apples)Sweeter
  • Food usesEating fresh
  • Discoloration of fruitNo discoloration (Good for drying)
  • Vitamin C contentLow

Growing

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityPartially self-fertile
  • Flowering group4
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • PloidyDiploid
  • VigourSlightly large
  • Bearing regularityBiennial tendency
  • Fruit bearingSpur-bearer

Problems

  • Disease resistanceAverage

Climate

  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climates
  • Cold hardiness (USDA)(4) -30F / -34C
  • Summer average maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Cold (< 20C / 67F)

Identification

  • Country of originUnited Kingdom
  • Period of origin1850 - 1899
  • Leaf colourGreen
  • Fruit colourOrange / Red