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Cox's Orange Pippin Antique Apple

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Classic English apple. Tree was discovered as a chance seedling and has inspired apple lovers ever since. Upright tree with a spreading growth habit. Fruit has a yellow skin with an orange-red blush. Complex flavor hints of orange and mango. Superb fresh and in pies, sauces, or ciders. Antique variety, originates from England, circa 1825. Cold-hardy. Ripens in mid to late September. Best organic pollinators: Cortland or Whitney Crabapple. Best non-organic pollinators: any Golden Delicious or Stark® BraeStar™.


Bloom Color White
Bloom Time Early
Chill Hours 800
Fruit Color Yellow
Fruit Size Medium
Ripens/Harvest Mid-late September
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Sweet, Juicy
Texture Firm
Years to Bear 2 - 5
Zone Range 4 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 8
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The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

The mature size of this variety depends on the version you choose to plant:
Standard 18 - 20' tall x 18 - 20' wide
Semi-Dwarf 12 - 15' tall x 12 - 15' wide

Recommended Spacing

The space needed for this variety to grow depends on the size you plant:
Standard 18 - 20'
Semi-Dwarf 12 - 15'


This variety requires another one for adequate pollination.

Cross-pollination by a different variety is key to its growing and bearing success. Plant one of these varieties within 50' for best pollination.

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
A tree I???ve wanted for a long time! My father, praised this Apple.
Howard S on May 28, 2020
Looking for old type apple tree
Howard T on May 6, 2020
A tree I???ve wanted for a long time! My father, praised this Apple.
Howard S on May 28, 2020
Because everything has been great from Starks I've gotten. These guys rock! Don't hesitate to buy bare root trees from starks
Jonathan C on May 24, 2020
Looking for old type apple tree
Howard T on May 6, 2020
The Orange Pippin is advertised as Organic
Deborah P on Apr 26, 2020
My last name is Pippin
Ronnie P on Apr 9, 2020
Was like a tree my grand parents had, great for applesauce.
Bruce M on Mar 7, 2020
Starting a small scale orchard. Focused on making cider.
David A on Jan 29, 2020
Sounds like interesting taste and is supposed to espalier.
Marilyn L on Jan 14, 2020
My current 5 year Cox Orange Pupping tree died this year ....thus this is a replacement for an 'Antique" apple .
GARY M on Oct 18, 2019
It is the rootstock of all modern desert apples. I've always wanted to try one.
TOM W on Oct 14, 2019
It sounds like it tastes wonderful.
MrsDi on Jul 19, 2019
I so loved eating Cox apples in Wales while studying abroad back in the late 70s, and was thrilled to see this plant featured at your nursery.
Gina H on Jun 17, 2019
Future cider & eating, plus an heirloom
Robin M on Jun 14, 2019
It's a heritage cider apple.
Mark R on Jun 2, 2019
Growing heirloom varieties is a passion of mine, I am very excited to grow this on our farm.
Wendy H. on May 16, 2019
It was recommended from the book Danny the champion of the work by Ronald Dahl. Said every kid should have a Cox???s Orange Pippen in their yard.
andrew d on May 1, 2019
Heirloom apple fits my small area, early harvest and unique variety
Larry N on Apr 22, 2019
This apple is highly rated in Rowan Jacobsen's book "Apples of Uncommon Character" and I wanted to plant an antique variety to add to the other apple trees in my yard.
KENNETH F on Apr 13, 2019
Antique Apple
LAWRENCE M on Apr 9, 2019
I am intrigued by this one and it takes a golden delicious to pollinate which I already have as a pollinator for my other two trees. Supposedly 1 tree can pollinate 3 trees. Worse case scenario, I'll add an additional pollinator later.
CHRIS P on Apr 2, 2019
Reminds me of my grandmother! Had so much fun picking these apples !
Gordon R on Mar 24, 2019
Love the history and versatility!
Mike T on Feb 13, 2019
Late bloom
Randy J on Dec 26, 2018
tropical flavour. Something interesting for the orchard
Greg S on Oct 3, 2018
Never heard of it, but I like to experiment and this looks good.
JAMES A on Sep 18, 2018
I ordered these trees because on my grandparents farm there used to be 2 pippin trees. When I was a young boy we my family and I used to go out every fall and pick them by the bushels. Now the trees are old and haven???t been taken care of so they aren???t producing any more. Plus I???m planning on purchasing other apple trees and starting my own orchard.
Sean A on Sep 2, 2018
I like the idea of an older variety.
ELOISE K on May 19, 2018
I like older varieties
JOHN M on May 10, 2018
My husband grew to love this apple while he lived in London, England.
Caroline C on May 5, 2018
antique apple with great taste
William R on Apr 30, 2018
Have many heirloom types of apple trees but not this one! Have passed it by several times for others like Duchess and Ben Davis. On good sale today so bought it. Watch- it will be my favorite.
Vee K on Apr 25, 2018
Buying this for a friend. I have a Cox I planted about 10 years ago. In a good year, these are the best tasting apples I have ever had.
MIKE B on Feb 21, 2018
because its the best apple in the world
sean s on May 30, 2017
Because I love the flavor and texture, especially when only JUST ripe! May not be quite as easy to grow as some , but worth the effort!
Therese E on May 27, 2017
I chose this exact species because of it's amazing flavor. It will be a test growing this in south Jersey. But if I get even halfway to the original flavor I will consider it an accomplishment and success. I will be growing this near a kidd orange pippin too. Hopefully in a couple years I can compare the flavors
John B on Apr 23, 2017
I chose this tree based on some research for apple trees in New England, and the description.
Paul Z on Apr 10, 2017
one of the best eating apples of all-time, unique flavor
BRIAN B on Mar 7, 2017
Classic apple variety, mentioned in many books as an apple to have.
Rolf G on Mar 6, 2017
flavor, heirloom apple
WENDY H on Feb 2, 2017
Add to a blend of Hard Cider
Shane P on Jan 29, 2017
starting orchard in zone 4
nate m on Dec 15, 2016
I needed a good "Cider" apple
DANIEL L on Oct 17, 2016
I just ordered the fruits today, it says hardy, and its an heirloom tree... looking forward to smell of hints of orange and mango. I hope it grows well here in MS, looking forward to taste the fruit!
fely mae l on Sep 23, 2016
My favorite apple from when i lived in England.
Jerry C on Aug 8, 2016
Antique variety
Christopher D on Jun 20, 2016
My grandparents spoke of Pippin apples.
Eileen G on Jun 9, 2016
wanted a cider apple
Cat C on Jun 9, 2016
My husband is English and has talked about these apples since I've known him.
Becky P on Jun 5, 2016
For making cider. Actually, to replace the one my goats stripped the bark from.
Scott H on Jun 5, 2016
I had this apple in vermont a few years ago and have been searching for it in stores around CT ever since. I figured I'd take matters into my own hands and grow them myself! SO excited
Andrew B on May 31, 2016
Because everything has been great from Starks I've gotten. These guys rock! Don't hesitate to buy bare root trees from starks
Jonathan C on May 24, 2020
The Orange Pippin is advertised as Organic
Deborah P on Apr 26, 2020
Is the Cox's Orange Pippin tree resistant to any blight or other problems?
Rita H on May 13, 2016
BEST ANSWER: There aren't any outstanding disease-resistant qualities for this variety.
Do you ship to Canada?
Ruth S on May 3, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Unfortunately, at this time we cannot ship products outside the United States, or to Hawaii.
Do you get a discount if you order a lot at once?
Christina S on Dec 2, 2019
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Unfortunately we do not offer any bulk discounts.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Will a cox' orange pippin pollinate a honey crisp or a pink lady?
Steve B on Aug 22, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Cox's Orange Pippin will pollinate both of those trees.
Will cinnamon spice apple pollinate this?
Jesse B on Jan 11, 2019
BEST ANSWER: No, it's a very late apple and the bloom times don't overlap.
who named the cross of cox's?
sumsum on Apr 27, 2018
BEST ANSWER: It was named by Richard Cox, who discovered the chance seedling of what was probably a Ribston Pippin. The full parentage of the apple is unknown.
The soil around my home is very acidic, what size pot should I get for a dwarf tree?
Ocean O on Apr 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Our two-article series called Growing Fruit Trees in Containers helps explain this, and more:
Best Fungicide against cedar apple rust?
Therese E on Mar 7, 2020

Customer Reviews

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Cox's Orange in midwest
This is a very good tasting apple with a complex tart, sprightly flavor and a rough, russet texture. I rate it 4 because of its unusual taste, but in growing, I would rate it only a 2. It takes a long time for it to give apples (6-7 years), then it is sporadic and a low bearer. It also gets fireblight. Grow it, but be prepared to wait.
May 17, 2016
over 5 years ago
My third tree of this kind
I have planted at least three. The deer have eaten, no lie, to within 6 inches from the ground the last one, that is, until I ordered one more and have it in a large pot. There it will grow larger for at least one year before it is planted and protected with an Irish Spring force field. Such a force field has protected my Leyland Cypress. I had to replace only 3 this past year. The year before it was 10. The Deer in NC are ravenous. I so enjoy venison jerky
May 13, 2016
over 4 years ago
Cedar apple rust
The tree overwintered well but succumbed to cedar apple rust. This was my first exposure to this fungus and I was not ready for it. Not the trees fault - I should have sprayed and by the time I realized this it was too late. The fungus withered most of its leaves and it was dead by late fall. Next time I'll be better prepared to help my trees.
May 15, 2016
over 6 years ago
One of the best tasting apples. Biennial cropping habit.
This truly is an English classic that's very uncommon in the U.S. It's one of the best tasting apples available. After 15 years, mine makes a lot of branches -- and a lot of apples. Coxes don't keep well at all and one freeze will turn them soft, so pick before the cold weather really sets in and use them pretty quickly. I give them out at work and people come looking for them.
Like a lot of heirlooms, Cox often has a biennial habit, you'll alternate between 5 apples one year, and a hundred pounds or more the next. You need a pollinator, so make sure your pollinator is reliable, or keep your biennial trees in sync by removing fruits in the "off " year if necessary.
Somewhat susceptible to sooty blotch, but it cleans right off.
April 28, 2018
Great product
Received the tree quickly and substantially packaged. Pruned, nice size and in good condition. Is now vigorously growing and leafing out nicely.
Very happy with all Stark Brothers products to date
Happy customer
Larry Nelson
June 28, 2016
over 4 years ago
Nice, but Slow Grower
This tree is nice, but it is taking its time growing. I've also had some issues with scab on this tree, so have been treating it with neem oil, which has helped. I am really looking forward to these apples, as I have heard amazing things about them. In this case, patience is a virtue. It's an old heirloom variety, so one must expect a bit of time before fruiting.
August 15, 2016
over 5 years ago
Never did well
Bought the better size, it leafed out well but didn't put on much growth the first year, then leafed out the second year and got progressively weaker and died. Maybe summers were too hot? I wish I knew what the problem was. Braeburn seems okay right next to it.
June 9, 2016
over 5 years ago
Coxs orange
Nice looking malti branched start. Did well the first summer. This spring buds started to open but died as leaves were 3/8 inch long. Only tree that did that. Very disappointing!
May 16, 2016
over 5 years ago
My new go-to nursery...
I bought three heritage apples last year - they survived a delayed planting last spring in the Catskills (late cold!) and are thriving this spring.

I've wanted to plant a Cox's Orange Pippin since I read Raold Dahl's book, Danny Champion of the Word as a kid, and am enchanted with the old Catskills varietals I can find here as well.

And I so appreciate the careful and thoughtful growing advice - info on pollinators, etc. - am looking forward to a long and fruitful (pun so intended) relationship with Stark Brothers!
May 12, 2017
over 4 years ago
Pippin Orange Apple
A very good apple that seems to love living in Pennsylvania. Stark Brothers sends good tree stocks with guaranteed growing success. Thanks for an awesome apple tree.
May 23, 2017
over 4 years ago
Response from Stark Bro's
Thank you for the feedback. We appreciate it. Your planting success is important to us.
May 23, 2017
Elizabeth D Staff