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Laxton's Superb apple tree

Laxton's Superb
Laxton's Superb is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Picking season: Late
  • Self-fertility: Partially self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 4

Laxton's Superb is a classic English dessert apple from the Victorian era, still widely grown in gardens and small orchards in the UK. The apples have the orange/red flush which is characteristic of many English apple varieties. The flavor is basically sweet, and the flesh is firm rather than crunchy. All in all, a typical Victorian apple.

One of the parents of Laxton's Superb is Cox's Orange Pippin, and it is often grown as a Cox-substitute. The appearance and flavor are quite close to Cox's Orange Pippin but the tree is hardier and better-cropping.

Laxton's Superb apple trees for sale

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

Laxton's Superb is a good apple variety for the garden. It blooms quite late which can be useful in areas subject to spring frosts, and the tree is fairly disease resistant (although it can be affected by scab). The tree is quite easy to identify (even without apples on it) owing to its weeping growth habit and long whippy branches.

The main problem with Laxton's Superb is a tendency towards biennial bearing, which means it will produce a good crop one year and then hardly anything the next. If you notice this occurring you can alleviate it by deliberately over-thinning in the "on year", although many owners just put up with it.

Laxton's Superb produces a strong-growing tree, and is therefore best grown on a less vigorous rootstock for smaller gardens.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.


Developed by the famous Laxton Brothers nursery in Bedford, England, and introduced in 1897. Laxton's Superb is a cross between Cox's Orange Pippin and Wyken Pippin.

Laxton's Superb characteristics

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityPartially self-fertile
  • Pollination group4
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • Picking seasonLate
  • UsesEating fresh
  • Keeping (of fruit)1-2 months
  • General resistanceAverage
  • Cold hardiness (USDA)Zone 4 (-34C)
  • Summer maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Cold (< 20C / 67F)
  • Country of originUnited Kingdom
  • Period of origin1850 - 1899
  • Fruit colorOrange / Red