But I do not know if they will blossom simultaneously as to pollinate each other. Can anyone advise on this? Thank you. I recently had the pleasure of tasting my first Cox's Orange Pippin, which I bought at a local organic market.
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Wonderful flavor, excellent crunch and juicy. It had a definite citrus-like tang and an effervescent quality that only few other apples like Pink Lady possess. Didn't taste any of the aniseed flavor attributed to this variety. Just a great tasting apple. The only rub is the difficulty in finding the fruit in the States, the slightly higher price, and obviously, the tree's difficult growing habits. To be perfectly honest it tasted to me a whole lot like a Pink Lady, which is a much more common apple.
Still, Cox is definitely in my top picks for best flavor and texture. I'd probably rank it after Jonathan, tied with Pink Lady for second place. I have no idea how COP does as a cooking apple as I wasn't about to waste any of them in a pie. Excellent flavour.
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Highly recommended. However, a word of caution. I recently visited a nearby orchard where to my surprise the owner was pulling out his grove of cox's orange pippin. He said that they produced rather mealy apples, and he thought his source of trees was inferior. After a trip to an orchard in the "fruit loop" near Mt. Perhaps these were picked too soon, but they are quite tart with a bland flavor, though a nice enough texture.
My experience with apples grown in Oregon indicates that Honeycrisp and several modern varieties are better fresh-eating apples than COP or so many other "heritage" cultivars. When it's good it's very very good. But sadly almost all shop-bought cox are not good. Indeed I can't remember the last time I had a decent cox. The shop-sold ones tend to be flabby and dull and give the true fruit a bad name. Why Oh Why don't shops seek out the real thing instead of palming us off with rubbish?
It has grown well through our hard winters in Wisconsin and has delicious nice sized apples.
It seems to have good flavor - it's one of my favorites but I'm not sure if it's the "old" or "new" variety. Mine is on a standard rootstock so it has been a little slower to get bearing - and last year we had a devastating late frost that decimated our areas apple trees.
But I wish I had planted a few more rather than just the two I have. COP is exceptional but I have found it to be a shy bearer. I have seen no comments relative to its keeping ability. Ripening date here about Sept Brix tested I planted a Cox's Orange Pippin and just tasted my first one. I have the others to see if the flavor changes each week. All I can say is it is the best tasting apple I have ever had. I thought some of the newer supermarket varieties were pretty good but these little guys are outstanding! Hello Marc, Our "Plus"Supermarket sells them at the end of the year oktober-december , but the problem is they never are picked ripened well from the tree, and so they never get their perfect flavour and aroma.
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Last few years, I don't see it anymore in Dutch supermarkets. That's a big shame. It's true that cox's are the best flavoured apple. At our fruit farm we grow about 10 acres of this sort. Some of the orchards are quite old, and all planted with the original orange pippin; we plan to make new plantings of this sort and keep it going! Very popular in the farm shop too. Variety needs thinning, renewal and containment pruning to maintain quality; leave 1 year old shoots to 'bud up' for fruiting in their 3rd summer, prune them then or thearafter. Scab can be a problem, when weather is very wet you may have to spray.
Gordon J Kelly I came to this site to research if the apple could be picked a bit early. I once lived on a ranch in the interior of British Columbia, Canada. The land had been settled and cleared by English settlers before Two old COP trees survived in the lower field but were past their prime and very overgrown. I pruned them back and they produced a limited supply of delicious but small Pippins.
They were prone to "watering" or whatever it is properly called where the flesh has water spots inside The old name for the creek was Crosdaile P, Richard Cox was my Great Grandfather. If Yoy read this please get in touch. Cox's Orange Pippin is an apple cultivar first grown in , at Colnbrook in Buckinghamshire, England, by my incle a retired brewer and horticulturist Richard Cox.
Though the origin of the cultivar is unknown, the Ribston Pippin seems a likely candidate. The variety was introduced for sale by the s by Mr. Charles Turner, and grown commercially from the s, particularly in the Vale of Evesham in Worcestershire, and later in Kent. Looking for information regarding growing the Cox Orange Pippin.
They have a rep for being hard to grow. I put one in the ground along with several other varieties last Fall and they seem to be the least vigorous of the lot. I have a Cox's tree in my garden which I believe to be about 12 yrs old. When we first moved into this house the tree was smallish, and I grafted Sturmer Pippin on to half of it and last year I put a few grafts of Golden Delicious and Fuji on to it. I have had good crops of Cox's, last years total being plus Sturmers.
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This year I have picked perhaps half the crop of Cox's so far and have had well over The only problem I have had this year is with Codlin Moth - my control was badly timed!! I would say that my tree is about 10ft tall and a diameter of about 8ft. We do get some good frosts here in the lower half of the North Island of N.
Winter lasts about 3 - 4 months here which is bearable!! Hope this is of interest. We live on a heritage farm mid-vancouver island and have enjoyed and delighted in the abundant supply of Cox's Orange Pippin for many years. We are now looking to share and ensure the longevity of our heritage garden species. Note: we have not had any problems with this wonderful heritage variety. Regards and Enjoy! I have propagated and sold 'Cox's Orange' trees for over 20 years.
We are living where temperatures can drop to but have never lost any trees as they are grafted on very hardy Russian rootstocks. If anyone in Canada is looking for a source they can order them at www. The 'Cox's Orange' is the stuff of legend and they seem to enjoy our Maritime climate. At one time Nova Scotia used to ship barrel loads to England and I believe they were high quality as the conditions are not that different from England.
Cox's is quite prone to canker, which causes various types of bark damage - varying from sunken areas of bark, to missing bark and exposed underlying wood, through to an appearance of unzipping and peeling of the bark. However, if you still think that the damage is being caused by animals, it may well be squirrels, or possibly deer.
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After searching the web decided to buy a self-fertilising dwarf apple tree , and settled on Orange Pippin because of its reputation. The first year there were about 12 apples, but this second year we've had a bumper crop of around 40 apples! As it's at the end of the garden we'd forgotten about getting our harvest in.