Alkmene apple trees

  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners
  • Picking season: Mid
  • Keeping (of fruit): 2-3 weeks
  • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 2
  • Uses: Eating fresh

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

Mature height*
1-year Alkmene apple trees bare-root
G.222 rootstock
Medium (8ft-12ft) mature height
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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


  • Picking season: Mid
  • Uses: Eating fresh
  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Keeping (of fruit): 2-3 weeks
  • Flavor style (apples): Aromatic
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening


  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners
  • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 2
  • Vigour: Average vigour
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
  • Organic culture: Suitable

Disease resistance

  • General resistance: Good
  • Scab: Very resistant


  • Cold hardiness (USDA): (5) -20F / -29C (6) -10F / -23C (7) 0F / -18C (8) 10F / -12C
  • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20C - 24C / 68F - 75F) Warm (25C - 30C / 76F - 85F) Cold (< 20C / 67F)
  • Frost resistance of blossom: Susceptible


  • Country of origin: Germany
  • Period of origin: 1900 - 1949
  • Fruit color: Orange / Red
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit