Holstein apple trees

  • Picking season: Late
  • Keeping (of fruit): 1-2 months
  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Pollination group: 3
  • Uses: Eating fresh
  • Uses: Juice
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile

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

Mature height*
1-year Holstein apple trees bare-root
G.11 rootstock
Small (6ft-9ft) mature height

We are between seasons at the moment. You can pre-order trees now for delivery when the new season starts (fall for warmer zones, or next spring), you won't be asked to pay until nearer the time.

*Find out more about the apple rootstocks we use to control the mature height.

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.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

Historical details

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

Holstein characteristics


  • Picking season: Late
  • Uses: Eating fresh Juice
  • Cropping: Good
  • Keeping (of fruit): 1-2 months
  • Flavor style (apples): Aromatic
  • Juice color: Pale orange


  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 3
  • Pollinating others: Poor
  • Ploidy: Triploid
  • Vigour: Vigorous
  • Bearing regularity: Regular
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer

Disease resistance

  • General resistance: Average
  • Canker: Some susceptibility
  • Fireblight: Some susceptibility
  • Mildew: Some susceptibility
  • Scab: Very resistant


  • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20C - 24C / 68F - 75F)


  • Country of origin: Germany
  • Period of origin: 1900 - 1949
  • Fruit color: Orange flush