Holstein apple trees

  • Pick: Late-season
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Uses: Eat fresh | Juicing 

Holstein is an attractive high quality apple for eating fresh. It has a very good aromatic flavor.

Holstein is thought to be a Cox seedling, but many of its characteristics seem to hark back to Ribston Pippin (the probable parent of Cox). Like Ribston Pippin it is quite a large apple, with coarser flesh and a more robust flavor than Cox.

This is a good variety for pressing, the juice has a complex balanced flavor and is an attractive light orange color.

Holstein apple trees for sale

Sorry we have not been able to produce any trees of this variety this season.

We may still be able to propagate it to order for you. Please contact us for more details.

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Summary features of Holstein


  • Gardening skill: Average?
  • Cropping: Good
  • Fertility: Not self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 3?
  • Pollinating others: Poor?
  • Ploidy: Triploid?
  • Vigour: Large?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Growth habit: Spreading
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer?
  • Attractive fruit
  • Overall disease resistance: Average?
  • Canker: Some susceptibility?
  • Scab: Very resistant?
  • Mildew: Some susceptibility?
  • Fireblight: Some susceptibility?


  • Picking season: Late?
  • Use / keeping: 1-2 months?
  • Flavour quality: Very good?
  • Flavour style: Aromatic
  • Good for eating fresh
  • Good for juice
  • Drying / Discoloring: No discolor / Good for drying?


  • Country of origin: Germany
  • Period of origin: 1900 - 1949
  • Fruit colour: Orange flush
  • Blossom colour: Pink - light
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Popularity: Rarely grown?


  • Temperate climates

Pollination guide for Holstein

Holstein is in flowering group 3. Holstein is a triploid variety and cannot pollinate other varieties. It needs to be pollinated by another tree of a different variety nearby. You can either plant a self-fertile variety (which will pollinate itself and the Holstein) or you can plant two pollination partners which must each be of different varieties and able to cross-pollinate each other as well as the Holstein. If you need further advice on this just get in touch. Since it flowers in the middle of the blossom season it can be pollinated by most other apple trees.

How to grow Holstein apple trees

Like Cox, Holstein is somewhat disease prone, but its natural triploid vigor means that it usually crops heavily anyway. The main horticultural difficulty is that its attractive blossom is easily damaged by frost, so this is not a tree to plant in a frost pocket or areas prone to late spring frosts.

Historical details

Germany, 1918. Thought to be a seedling of Cox's Orange Pippin.

Botanical name

Malus domestica 'Holstein'