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Sunset apple trees

Sunset

Sunset is a popular Cox-style apple, which we recommend as one of the best alternatives to Cox's Orange Pippin as it is much easier to grow. The parentage is not known but it is almost certainly a seedling of Cox. Disease resistance is far better, cropping is good and reliable, and it is self-fertile.

The flavour is balanced and sweet, with many of the aromatic qualities of Cox's Orange Pippin. Sunset also has the attractive orange-flush so characteristic of Cox and other traditional English apples.

Sunset ripens in mid-September.

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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
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  • PG2Espalier 12L pot-grown tree MM106 rootstock £59.50
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  • PG3Fan-trained 12L pot-grown tree MM106 rootstock £59.50
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Bare-root

  • BR1Cordon-trained bare-root tree M9 rootstock £33.95
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  • BR21-year bare-root tree M26 rootstock £19.95
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  • BR31-year bare-root tree MM106 rootstock £19.95
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  • BR42-year bush-trained bare-root tree MM106 rootstock £29.95
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  • BR52-year bare-root tree MM106 rootstock £29.95
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How to grow

The main horticultural problem with Sunset is that the apples tend to be quite small, but this is easily corrected by thinning the fruitlets thoroughly in May and early June.

Sunset can be grown reliably throughout much of the UK. It is one of the most disease-resistant of Cox-style varieties.

It is a neat and compact tree, and a good variety for growing in a patio container.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

History

Introduced in 1918, unknown parentage but assumed to be a seedling of Cox's Orange Pippin.

Sunset characteristics

Growing

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Self-fertilitySelf-fertile
  • Flowering group3
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • Fruit bearingSpur-bearer
  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climatesMild damp climates

Using

  • Picking seasonLate
  • CroppingHeavy
  • Keeping (of fruit)2-3 weeks
  • Food usesEating freshJuice
  • Flavour style (apples)Aromatic

Problems

  • Disease resistanceGood
  • ScabSome susceptibility
  • CankerSome resistance

Climate

    Identification

    • Country of originUnited Kingdom
    • Period of origin1900 - 1949
    • Fruit colourOrange flush
    • AwardsRHS Award of Garden Merit