Holstein apple trees

  • Picking season: Late
  • Uses: Eating fresh
  • Uses: Juice
  • Keeping (of fruit): 1-2 months
  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 3

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

Mature height*
1-year Holstein apple trees bare-root
G.16 rootstock
Small (6ft-9ft) mature height

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

How to grow

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.

Holstein characteristics


  • Picking season: Late
  • Uses: Eating fresh Juice
  • Cropping: Good
  • Keeping (of fruit): 1-2 months
  • Flavor quality: Very good
  • Flavor style (apples): Aromatic
  • Discoloring: No discoloration (Good for drying)
  • Juice color: Pale orange


  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 3
  • Pollinating others: Poor
  • Ploidy: Triploid
  • Vigour: Vigorous
  • Bearing regularity: Regular
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer

Disease resistance

  • General resistance: Average
  • Canker: Some susceptibility
  • Fireblight: Some susceptibility
  • Mildew: Some susceptibility
  • Scab: Very resistant


  • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20C - 24C / 68F - 75F)


  • Country of origin: Germany
  • Period of origin: 1900 - 1949
  • Fruit color: Orange flush