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Family Tree – Cox, Fiesta, Herefordshire Russet

Apple – National Heritage

Family Tree – Cox, Fiesta, Herefordshire Russet


Apple – National Heritage


Early October



Planting Position


The Family Apple tree has three different varieties grafted onto one tree. The three varieties are selected so they cross-pollinate well and offer a delicious choice of fruit.


A self-fertile form of Cox’s Orange Pippin. Regarded as the classic quintessentially English dessert apple. It now accounts for the majority of domestic commercial orchards. Popular for its tangy flesh, and for its good storing properties. Heavy, late crop. The fruit is orange over greenish yellow with sweet, aromatic flavour and is juicy and crisp. Best when it's picked and eaten straight from the tree or can be made into home-pressed apple juice. Striking pinkish-white clusters of blossom during the spring. Traditionally used when at its best, from November to Christmas, but it will keep until February.


A cross between a Cox’s Orange Pippin and Idared developed by Dr F Alston at the East Malling Research Station in Kent. More recently it has been commercially known as the Red Pippin. This dessert apple is round/conical in shape, with a light yellow-green background flushed and striped with crimson. Its flesh is crisp and juicy with a good, sweet, tangy flavour making it a popular eating apple. Although classed as a dessert apple, it can also be used for cooking and juicing keeping its delicious flavour and shape when cooked. Matures late September and stores well in a cool environment.

Herefordshire Russet

An excellent new dessert apple combining the rich aromatic flavour of Cox with a golden russet skin. Fruits are deep golden amber russetted. Exceptional eating quality with a rich, aromatic flavour and a winner in ‘taste testings’ around the country.

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