Karmijn de Sonnaville apple trees

Karmijn de Sonnaville
  • Picking season: Late
  • Keeping (of fruit): 1-2 months
  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Pollination group: 4
  • Uses: Eating fresh
  • Uses: Juice
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile

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.

Karmijn de Sonnaville apple trees for sale

Mature height*
1-year Karmijn de Sonnaville apple trees bare-root
G.11 rootstock
Small (6ft-9ft) mature height
1-year Karmijn de Sonnaville apple trees bare-root
Medium (8ft-12ft) 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

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

Like 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.

Historical details

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


  • Picking season: Late
  • Uses: Eating fresh Juice
  • Cropping: Good
  • Keeping (of fruit): 1-2 months
  • Flavor style (apples): Aromatic
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening


  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 4
  • Pollinating others: Poor
  • Ploidy: Triploid
  • Vigour: Vigorous
  • Bearing regularity: Regular
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer

Disease resistance

  • General resistance: Average
  • Scab: Very susceptible


  • Cold hardiness (USDA): (5) -20F / -29C
  • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20C - 24C / 68F - 75F) Warm (25C - 30C / 76F - 85F)


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