Alkmene apple tree
- Picking season: Mid
- Self-fertility: Self-fertile
- Pollination group: 2
- Awards: RHS AGM (current)
Alkmene is a mid-season apple from Germany, related to to Cox but with a more robust flavor.
Alkmene apple trees for sale
Medium 1-year bare-root tree
Mature height: 8ft-12ft after 10 years
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Alkmene was developed in Germany in the mid-1930s, and has a good quality aromatic flavor, very reminscent of its parent, Cox's Orange Pippin.
It is quite widely grown in England and Europe, where it is regarded as a good alternative to Cox, being easier to grow and much more reliable.
How to grow
Alkmene grows in a compact style, making it a good choice for small gardens. It is also self-fertile - quite a rare quality among apples - and does not require another apple tree nearby for pollination.
Advice on fruit tree pollination.
Alkmene is a cross between Cox's Orange Pippin and Duchess of Oldenburg, and was developed in Germany in the 1930s. Although not well-known in the USA, it is a popular garden apple in the UK, where it is sometimes known as Early Windsor.
- Gardening skillBeginner
- Pollination group2
- Fruit bearingSpur-bearer
- WildlifeRHS Plants for Pollinators
- Picking seasonMid
- UsesEating fresh
- Keeping (of fruit)2-3 weeks
- Flavor style (apples)Aromatic
- General resistanceGood
- ScabVery resistant
- Cold hardiness (USDA)(5) -20F / -29C(6) -10F / -23C(7) 0F / -18C(8) 10F / -12C
- Summer maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)Cold (< 20C / 67F)
- Country of originGermany
- Period of origin1900 - 1949
- Fruit colorOrange / Red
- AwardsRHS AGM (current)