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Alkmene apple tree


Alkmene was developed in Germany in the mid-1930s as a cross between Cox's Orange Pippin and Duchess of Oldenburg. The flavor is of good quality, somewhat aromatic, but noticeably more tart and robust than Cox.

It is quite widely grown in England and Europe, where it is regarded as a good alternative to Cox, being easier to grow and more reliable.

Alkmene apple trees for sale

  • Medium 1-year bare-root tree $33.75
    Mature height: 8ft-12ft after 10 years
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How to grow

Easy to grow, crops heavily, and self-fertile. Alkmene grows in a compact style, making it a good choice for small gardens.

Although Alkmene pre-dates the modern development of disease-resistant apple varieties, it can be considered a disease-resistant variety because it is generally problem free. This is all the more surprising given that both its parents (and especially Cox's Orange Pippin) are noted for their susceptibility to disease.

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Historical details

Cox's Orange Pippin x Duchess of Oldenburg, Germany 1930s. A popular garden apple in the UK, where it is sometimes known as Early Windsor.

Alkmene characteristics

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Self-fertilitySelf-fertile
  • Pollination group2
  • Fruit bearingSpur-bearer
  • Picking seasonMid
  • UsesEating fresh
  • CroppingHeavy
  • 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