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Pixie apple trees

Pixie

Pixie is an excellent garden apple for those who like traditional English apple flavours. It is a good substitute variety for Cox's Orange Pippin (its probable parent) but much easier to grow.

The flavour has some of the aromatic qualities of Cox's Orange Pippin but is more robust - a good choice if you prefer a slightly sharper apple.

Red Pixie is a sport of the original variety, identical in flavour and growth characteristics, but with a more pronounced red colouring.

Pixie 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 12L pot-grown tree MM106 rootstock £39.50
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)

Bare-root

  • BR11-year bare-root tree M26 rootstock £19.95
    Medium tree (2m-3m after 10 years)
  • BR21-year bare-root tree MM106 rootstock £19.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)

How to grow

Pixie is easy to grow and generally untroubled by diseases. The apples tend to be quite small and Pixie has a tendency to over-crop, so it is a good idea to thin the fruitlets in June.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

History

Pixie was developed at the National Fruit Trials at Wisley in Surrey, in 1947. It is thought to be a seedling of Cox's Orange Pippin.

Pixie characteristics

Using

  • CroppingGood
  • Picking seasonLate
  • Keeping (of fruit)3 months or more
  • Fruit persistenceNormal ripening
  • Flavour qualityGood
  • WildlifeRHS perfect for pollinators
  • Flavour style (apples)Aromatic
  • Food usesEating fresh
  • Discoloration of fruitNo discoloration (Good for drying)

Growing

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Flowering group4
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • PloidyDiploid
  • VigourAverage vigour
  • Bearing regularityRegular
  • Fruit bearingSpur-bearer

Problems

  • Disease resistanceGood

Climate

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

Identification

  • Country of originUnited Kingdom
  • Period of origin1900 - 1949
  • Flower colourPink - light
  • Leaf colourGreen
  • Fruit colourOrange flush
  • AwardsRHS Award of Garden Merit