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Alkmene apple tree

Alkmene has received the RHS Award of Garden MeritAlkmene is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Picking season: Mid
  • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 2

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.

Alkmene apple trees for sale

You can pre-order for spring 2025

  • Semi-dwarf 1-year bare-root tree $37.95
    Mature height: 8ft-12ft after 10 years
    Semi-dwarf rootstock
    Out of stock

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.

Alkmene characteristics

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Self-fertilitySelf-fertile
  • Pollination group2
  • Picking seasonMid
  • UsesEating fresh
  • Keeping (of fruit)2-3 weeks
  • General resistanceGood
  • ScabVery resistant
  • Cold hardiness (USDA)Zone 5 (-29C)
  • 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