Fiesta apple trees

Fiesta apples
  • Picking season: Late
  • Uses: Eating fresh
  • Uses: Juice
  • Keeping (of fruit): 3 months or more
  • Gardening skill: Easy
  • 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

Item
Mature height*
Price
Quantity
1-year Fiesta apple trees bare-root
Antonovka rootstock
Full-size (16ft-24ft) mature height
$29.00

*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

Using

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

Growing

  • Gardening skill: Easy
  • 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

Problems

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

Climate

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

Identification

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


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