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Kidd's Orange Red apple trees

  • Pick: Late-season
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Uses: Eat fresh | Juicing 
RHS AGM for Kidd's Orange Red

Kidd's Orange Red is one of the select band of apple varieties which can truly be said to rival the definitive Cox's Orange Pippin for flavor. It is primarily a sweet apple, but unlike most sweet apples it has a rich complexity to the flavors too. Kidd's Orange Red is fairly crisp but also pleasantly chewy, and each bite seems to release yet more juice and flavor. It's in some ways reminiscent of a good French dessert wine - sweet, but with a good kick to it.

Although regarded as a typical 'English' apple, Kidd's Orange Red was developed by New Zealand apple enthusiast J.H. Kidd in the 1920s and is a cross between the English Cox and the American Delicious, so in reality it is a marriage of the Old World and the New World. There is no doubting this is a Cox-style apple though ... but when you know the parentage, it isn't hard to spot the sweet scented contribution from Delicious in the background, and it is a combination that really works.

The tree grows attractively, and the crimson pink blossom is a particular feature.

Although primarily an apple for eating fresh, Kidd's Orange Red also produces a high quality sweet cider, with a pleasing thick texture.

Last orders for delivery to reach us by 30th April

Kidd's Orange Red apple trees for sale

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity
Small  (6ft - 9ft after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - G.11 rootstock  (dwarf) $29.00 Sold outalert me
Large  (9ft - 12ft after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - G.30 rootstock  (semi-vigorous) $29.00 Sold outalert me

Delivery discounts. Prices are for individual trees excluding delivery. There is no minimum quantity but it is cost effective to order in multiples of 4 trees.

Delivery period: Trees are delivered in March and April. However it is best to order as soon as you can to ensure items are reserved for you. If you live in a warm zone (e.g. Southern California, Alabama etc.) Fall delivery is possible. More details on our spring shipping schedule by state.

*Mature size: Height shown is the approximate height of the tree when mature (after 5-10 years), not the height when supplied. Actual mature heights may vary considerably dependent on your local conditions and training and pruning regime - see our Tree Height Calculator.

Stock availability: Items showing as 'sold out' will probably be available again next season. Click here to be notified when we get more trees of this variety.

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Summary features of Kidd's Orange Red


  • Gardening skill: Easy?
  • Cropping: Light
  • Fertility: Not self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 3?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Average growth?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer?
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening?
  • Attractive blossom
  • Overall disease resistance: Average
    Not usually troubled by scab or mildew?
  • Organic / no-spray culture?
  • Scab: Some resistance?
  • Fireblight: Some resistance?
  • Cedar apple rust: Some resistance?


  • Picking season: Late?
  • Use / keeping: 1-2 months
    Will keep in a cold store until Christmas?
  • Flavour quality: Very good?
  • Flavour style: Aromatic
  • Good for eating fresh
  • Good for juice
  • Drying / Discoloring: No discolor / Good for drying?


  • Country of origin: New Zealand
  • Period of origin: 1900 - 1949
  • Fruit colour: Orange / Red
  • Blossom colour: Pink - dark
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Popularity: Best sellers?


  • Temperate climates
  • Tolerates cold winters
  • USDA Zone 4: Yes
  • USDA Zone 5: Yes
  • USDA Zone 6: Yes
  • USDA Zone 7: Yes
  • USDA Zone 8: Yes
  • Cold hardiness: -30F / -34C?

Pollination guide for Kidd's Orange Red

Kidd's Orange Red is in flowering group 3. Kidd's Orange Red is self-sterile and needs to be pollinated by another tree of a different variety nearby. Since it flowers in the middle of the blossom season it can be pollinated by most other apple trees.

How to grow Kidd's Orange Red apple trees

It often seems that apples with the best flavor are the most difficult to grow, but this is not the case with Kidd's Orange Red. It is very easy to grow, generally problem-free (like many varieties descended from Delicious), and makes an excellent garden variety for most regions, including cool temperate climates and warmer climates.

It forms an attractive-looking tree with long branches which grow vertically when the tree is young but then bend over with fruit as the tree comes into bearing. If necessary, tie the young branches towards the horizontal to improve the appearance - this will also help cropping. Certainly worth considering as a feature apple tree.

Kidd's Orange Red is a good choice if you are not keen on pruning, as its branches and fruiting spurs do not become congested as the tree ages.

The only caveats are that it is not a heavy-cropper (although it does produce a good crop). Fruit size can be on the small size so moderate thinning can be helpful as the fruitlets start to form.

Kidd's Orange Red has a much wider climate range than Cox's Orange Pippin and can tolerate hotter summers without losing flavor, making it one one of the best alternatives in the USA for enthusiasts who find their climate is too hot for Cox.

Historical details

Kidd's Orange Red was developed in the 1920s by New Zealand apple enthusiast J.H. Kidd. It is a cross between Cox's Orange Pippin and Delicious.

Botanical name

Malus domestica 'Kidd's Orange Red'