Apple 'Christmas Pippin' - Bush (M26 Rootstock)

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An award-winning dessert apple with juicy texture and well-balanced flavour similar to the ever-popular Cox.
Malus domestica (Apple) 'Christmas Pippin' is a fantastic recent introduction to the fruit-tree market and is becoming a firm favourite, well-loved for its delightfully crisp and juicy dessert apples which not only taste great when first picked, but will easily store until late December. Their sweet flavour has a hint of sharpness, combined with a crisp texture, which very much resembles long-standing favourite and traditional Cox, makes this variety is a fantastic modern alterative. Look forwards to exceptionally heavy crops, delicious fruit, reliable garden performance and impressively long storage life. 'Christmas Pippin' has well and truly proven itself as an excellent newcomer, having won prestigious awards such as the RHS Award of Garden Merit. With a naturally compact size and habit, this lovely fruit tree is great for small gardens as well as larger orchard areas.
An easy to grow, reliable and heavy-cropping apple with exceptional flavour and texture and long storage life.

Key Features

Plant Type: Fruit
Hardiness: H6: Hardy - Very Cold Winter (-20C to -15C)
Plant Height & Spread (at maturity): 4m x 3m (5-10 years)
Pot Size: 12 litre
Rootstock: M26
Foliage Colour: Green
Flower Colour: White
Fragrant Flower: Yes
Aromatic Foliage: No
RHS Award of Garden Merit: Yes
RHS Plants for Pollinators: Yes
Foliage Type: Deciduous
Soil Type: Clay, Sandy, Loam
Light Exposure: Full Sun
Planting Style: Cottage Garden, Informal Garden, Containers, Urban Garden, Low Maintenance Garden, Wildlife Garden
Season of Interest: Spring, Autumn
Flowering (from - to): April
Harvesting (Harvesting Period & Instructions): October

Plant Care & Advice

Malus domestica (Apple trees) are happiest in an open, sunny site and soil which is not too dry in summer. Plant with other apple tree varieties to encourage pollination and achieve a larger crop. Dig a hole which is deep and wide enough to fit the entire root system. Add well rotted manure or garden compost to the hole before planting. Choose the best side of the tree to face into the garden and position into the hole, then backfill with soil and firm down.  Keep a 50cm diameter area around the base of the tree free of weeds for at least the first year. Stake the tree whilst it is young to help prevent it from leaning. It's worth protecting the trunk of the tree with a rabbit guard if rabbits regularly visit your garden. Water in after planting and keep well watered throughout the first year. Feed with a suitable fertiliser each spring for the first few years. Prune in early winter by removing any dead branches first, then any branches which are crossing over or rubbing on each other to create an airy, open framework. During summer, trim back new growth by a third to maintain a compact shape.

Delivery and returns

Delivered direct from Frank Matthews who deliver once a week. Orders placed by 12pm Monday will be delivered the same week, usually on a Wednesday or Thursday.