Fiesta apple trees

Fiesta apples
  • Picking season: Late
  • Uses: Eating fresh
  • Uses: Juice
  • Keeping (of fruit): 3 months or more
  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners
  • Self-fertility: Partially self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 3

Fiesta is a relatively new English apple, developed in the 1970s but with a very traditional English style and flavor. Cox's Orange Pippin is one of its parents, and it has inherited the classic Cox aromatic sweet/sharp flavor. Visually it also looks the part, with the attractive orange flush so typical of traditional English apples.

Although primarily an eating apple, Fiesta produces an excellent sweet apple juice and this is a good way to deal with a surplus of apples. It can also be used as a substitute for Cox's Orange Pippin in apple cookery - slices keep their shape when cooked.

Unlike Cox's Orange Pippin, Fiesta also stores very well and remains firm and sweet - a quality it probably inherits from its other parent, the well-known American variety Idared.

Fiesta is grown commercially on a small-scale in the UK and France, sometimes marketed as Red Pippin. It is easy to grow and a reliable cropper, making it an excellent choice for the small orchard or for the garden.

Fiesta apple trees for sale

Mature height*
1-year Fiesta apple trees bare-root
Full-size (16ft-24ft) mature height

We are between seasons at the moment. You can pre-order trees now for delivery when the new season starts (fall for warmer zones, or next spring), you won't be asked to pay until nearer the time.

*Find out more about the apple rootstocks we use to control the mature height.

How to grow

Fiesta is easy to grow and is an excellent substitute for Cox, inheriting much of the rich aromatic flavor - but few of the horticultural difficulties. Like Cox it prefers a cooler climate.

Historical details

Fiesta was developed in the 1970s at the East Malling Research Station in Kent, UK. It is a cross between Cox's Orange Pippin and Idared. It is sometimes known as 'Red Pippin'.

Fiesta characteristics


  • Picking season: Late
  • Uses: Eating fresh Juice
  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Keeping (of fruit): 3 months or more
  • Flavor style (apples): Aromatic
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening


  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners
  • Self-fertility: Partially self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 3
  • Pollinating others: Average
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Average vigour
  • Bearing regularity: Regular
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
  • Organic culture: Suitable

Disease resistance

  • General resistance: Average
  • Canker: Some susceptibility
  • Mildew: Some resistance
  • Bitter pit: Some susceptibility


  • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20C - 24C / 68F - 75F) Warm (25C - 30C / 76F - 85F)
  • Frost resistance of blossom: Good resistance


  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999
  • Fruit color: Orange flush
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit

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