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Karmijn de Sonnaville apple tree

Karmijn de Sonnaville
Karmijn de Sonnaville is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Picking season: Late
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 4

Karmijn de Sonnaville is a relatively unknown Cox-style apple, from the Netherlands. It has an excellent rich aromatic flavor, similar in many ways to Cox's Orange Pippin. If you are interested in the flavor of apples then it is definitely worth considering, and it grows well the northern states.

Like many Cox-style varieties, Karmijn de Sonnaville is a useful variety for juicing.

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    Mature height: 8ft-12ft after 10 years
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How to grow

Karmijn de Sonnaville seems to grow better in the continental climate of North America than it does in its native Europe.

As with Cox, disease resistance is not great, but the natural vigor of Karmijn de Sonnaville seems to help it keep going.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.


This variety was raised by Piet de Sonnaville, working at the University of Wageningen, Netherlands, 1950s. It is a cross between Cox's Orange Pippin and Jonathan (or possibly Belle de Boskoop).

Karmijn de Sonnaville characteristics

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Pollination group4
  • Pollinating othersPoor
  • Picking seasonLate
  • UsesEating freshJuice
  • Keeping (of fruit)1-2 months
  • General resistanceAverage
  • ScabVery susceptible
  • Cold hardiness (USDA)Zone 5 (-29C)
  • Summer maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)
  • Country of originNetherlands
  • Period of origin1900 - 1949
  • Fruit colorOrange flush