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Sturmer Pippin apple tree

Sturmer Pippin is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Picking season: Late
  • Self-fertility: Partially self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 3

Sturmer Pippin was discovered in the early 19th century in England, and was well-known in Victorian England. It is an excellent keeper - an important quality in the era before refrigeration was widespread.

This is a very late-season apple. When picked in late fall the flavor is uncompromisingly sharp - ideal for those who like a tart-tasting apple. It mellows and sweetens during storage, to become the perfect winter apple.

Sturmer Pippin apple trees for sale

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

Sturmer Pippin is easy to grow, and partially self-fertile, but needs a long ripening period.

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History

Sturmer Pippin was discovered near the village of Sturmer, in Suffolk, England in the early 19th century. It is thought to be a cross between Ribston Pippin and Nonpareil.

It is not always possible to ripen this variety in England, but it was soon taken to Australia where it proved very well-suited to the hot climate. It was the ideal export apple because it was easy to store on long sea voyages.

Sturmer Pippin characteristics

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityPartially self-fertile
  • Pollination group3
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • Picking seasonLate
  • UsesEating freshJuice
  • Keeping (of fruit)3 months or more
  • General resistanceGood
  • Cold hardiness (USDA)Zone 4 (-34C)
  • Summer maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)
  • Country of originUnited Kingdom
  • Period of origin1800 - 1849
  • Fruit colorOrange flush