Ribston Pippin apple trees

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

A particuarly handsome apple, thought to be one of the parents of Cox's Orange Pippin. It has some of the aromatic qualities of that variety when eaten fresh, but is noticeably sharper in flavor - and for this reason is often used in the kitchen as well.

By Victorian times Ribston Pippin was very popular as a late fall apple, and the Victorian fruit enthusiast Robert Hogg reported that it was in "greatest perfection during November and December".

Ribston Pippin apple trees for sale

Item
Mature height*
Price
Quantity
1-year Ribston Pippin apple trees bare-root
G.11 rootstock
Small (6ft-9ft) mature height
$29.00
1-year Ribston Pippin apple trees bare-root
Medium (8ft-12ft) mature height
$29.00

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

The main horticultural challenge is that Ribston Pippin is a triploid variety and needs two other trees nearby which must each be of separate varieties. It is far happier in a drier climate than a wet one.

Historical details

Named after Ribston Hall in North Yorkshire, England, where this variety was first planted in the 18th century. Having been grown in Yorkshire for more than 200 years Ribston Pippin is rightly regarded as a traditional Yorkshire variety, however it was almost certainly brought to Ribston Hall from France.

Ribston Pippin characteristics

Using

  • Picking season: Late
  • Uses: Eating fresh Cooking
  • Cropping: Good
  • Keeping (of fruit): 1-2 months
  • Flavour quality: Good
  • Flavour style (apples): Aromatic
  • Discoloring: Very oxidising
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening
  • Vitamin C content: Medium

Growing

  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 3
  • Pollinating others: Poor
  • Ploidy: Triploid
  • Vigour: Average vigour
  • Bearing regularity: Regular
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
  • Organic culture: Suitable
  • Longevity: Long-lived

Problems

  • Disease resistance: Average

Climate

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

Identification

  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Period of origin: 1700 - 1749
  • Fruit colour: Orange flush
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit