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. Pollinator required: Choose another apple variety. See Recommended Pollinators below.

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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:
Semi-Dwarf 12 - 15' tall x 12 - 15' wide
Dwarf 8 - 10' tall x 8 - 10' wide

Recommended Spacing

The space needed for this variety to grow depends on the size you plant:
Semi-Dwarf 12 - 15'
Dwarf 8 - 10'


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?
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Old variety goes with old historical property
Steven K on Mar 15, 2021
needed a pollinator
Patricia V on Mar 10, 2021
Old variety goes with old historical property
Steven K on Mar 15, 2021
Its recommended for my zone, supposedly tastes good, and it is an old variety.
Heidi P on Mar 12, 2021
needed a pollinator
Patricia V on Mar 10, 2021
As a pollinator
Maureen S on Mar 7, 2021
Memories of my youth in England, where they kept though Christmas.
Muriel F on Mar 1, 2021
Wanted to try another pippin variety.
JUDY B on Feb 28, 2021
For a pollinator.
Mary H on Feb 24, 2021
Antique apples have more disease resistance, in my experience, so less spraying needed.
Anne M on Feb 22, 2021
Wesley t on Feb 21, 2021
Variety in the orchard
Stephen H on Feb 9, 2021
A good cider apple as an addition to other apple trees already present.
David M on Jan 26, 2021
Grew up eating Pippins from Bent Mountain in Virginia
Amy A on Jan 25, 2021
I've heard lots of good things about this apple
Tim M on Jan 22, 2021
To replace the one that die I got last year
John N on Jan 10, 2021
Cider making
Doug H on Dec 7, 2020
Only place that regularly has for sale
Robin G on Dec 2, 2020
I love the fact that it???s an old English apple.
Crystal A on Oct 31, 2020
I have been looking for this variety for years. ????
BONNIE R on Oct 31, 2020
I have a neighbor who has one and it is impossible to find in local nursuries
Ellen H A on Oct 17, 2020
Not much else available.
Kenneth B on Oct 16, 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
Its recommended for my zone, supposedly tastes good, and it is an old variety.
Heidi P on Mar 12, 2021
As a pollinator
Maureen S on Mar 7, 2021
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.
Will Liberty Apple pollinate Cox's Orange Pippin Antique?
Hannah on Mar 7, 2021
BEST ANSWER: These should pollinate as they both have an early bloom time.
I'm looking at some trees and see estimated ship date is 3/14 what it i still have snow on the ground?
Jason a on Feb 22, 2021
BEST ANSWER: If you would like us to ship your order at a different time, please contact our Customer Support Team at 800.325.4180. We would be glad to help you arrange what suits you and your growing zone best.
i live in the mountain area zip 92352, and during winter months it gets to 30 degrees, will these apples survive?
johnsardari on Jan 2, 2021
BEST ANSWER: If you enter your ZIP code at the following link and we'll be able to display the popular products that are available and rated for your location: // Also look for check marked varieties as you shop to ensure compatibility with your zone. If you have more questions regarding zone compatibility, please call Customer Support at 800.325.4180 and they would be glad to help.
Will pink lady, Granny Smith or Fuji serve as pollinators for cox orange pippin?
Judy B on Nov 30, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Unfortunately no those varieties will not pollinate due to late bloom times. The Cox tree is an early season bloomer so it requires the same for pollination. Your best pollinators are any Golden Delicious or Stark?? BraeStar, Cortland or Whitney Crabapple.
Can this use a macintosh as a pollinator?
Belle on Oct 22, 2020
BEST ANSWER: The cox variety is an early season bloomer and the Macintosh is an early- mid bloomer so it is very possible that these could pollinate one another to bear fruit.
My cox orange have brown spots throuout what do they need?
Dorothee S on Sep 18, 2020
BEST ANSWER: A variety of fungal diseases can cause brown spots to develop on an apple. ... The fungus responsible for apple scab also causes brown lesions. Bitter rot, black rot, white rot and sooty blotch are additional fungal diseases that can cause brown spots on apple skins. You will want to treat your tree with a fungicide product.
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:
I live in USDA growing zone 7b. I have a young Orange Pippin tree, but it has not produced fruit yet. I've read that living in a warmer climate may change the taste and texture of pippin apples. Has anyone experienced this? None of my neighbors have even heard of this kind of tree, so I there's very little knowledge available to me regarding how to grow them in my area.
Justin on Nov 10, 2020
We want sour green tart apples before fully grown. We love to eat these apples with salt. Please, what would be your recommendation for a tree
to buy in zone 4?
Joleen B on Nov 4, 2020
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 6 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 5 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
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
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 6 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 6 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 6 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 5 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 5 years ago
Response from Stark Bro's
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May 23, 2017
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