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Holstein apple tree

Holstein is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Picking season: Late
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 3

Holstein is an attractive high quality apple for eating fresh. It has a very good aromatic flavor.

Holstein is thought to be a Cox seedling, but many of its characteristics seem to hark back to Ribston Pippin (the probable parent of Cox). Like Ribston Pippin it is quite a large apple, with coarser flesh and a more robust flavor than Cox.

This is a good variety for pressing, the juice has a complex balanced flavor and is an attractive light orange color.

Holstein apple trees for sale

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  • Semi-dwarf 1-year bare-root tree $37.95
    Mature height: 8ft-12ft after 10 years
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How to grow

Like Cox, Holstein is somewhat disease prone, but its natural triploid vigor means that it usually crops heavily anyway. The main horticultural difficulty is that its attractive blossom is easily damaged by frost, so this is not a tree to plant in a frost pocket or areas prone to late spring frosts.

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Germany, 1918. Thought to be a seedling of Cox's Orange Pippin.

Holstein characteristics

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Pollination group3
  • Pollinating othersPoor
  • Picking seasonLate
  • UsesEating freshJuice
  • Keeping (of fruit)1-2 months
  • General resistanceAverage
  • FireblightSome susceptibility
  • CankerSome susceptibility
  • ScabVery resistant
  • MildewSome susceptibility
  • Summer maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)
  • Country of originGermany
  • Period of origin1900 - 1949
  • Fruit colorOrange flush