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Pine Golden Pippin apple tree

Pine Golden Pippin apples

Pine Golden Pippin is a classic English russet apple from the Victorian era. The skin is usually extensively, if not entirely covered in russet.

Like most russets the cream flesh has a firm rather than crisp texture, and is not as explosively juicy as modern apples. The flavor is multidimensional, but essentially sweet, with a distinct pineapple-like note.

Pine Golden Pippin was well-regarded in Victorian England as a late fall dessert apple. If you have not tried a russet apple before it is very typical of this distinctive group, and makes an interesting addition the backyard orchard.

Pine Golden Pippin apple trees for sale

  • Medium 1-year bare-root tree $29.00
    Mature height: 8ft-12ft after 10 years
    G.935 rootstock

How to grow

Like many russet apples, Pine Golden Pippin is fairly disease-free - the russet coat seems to keep bugs and infections at bay.

It is fairly easy to grow, but blooms quite late in the spring when many other varieties may no longer be in flower, so make sure you have a suitable pollinator variety nearby - or ask us for advice.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

Historical details

Pine Golden Pippin was first recorded in 1861 by the English pomologist Robert Hogg, but its origins are unknown.

Pine Golden Pippin characteristics

  • Picking seasonLate
  • UsesEating fresh
  • CroppingGood
  • Keeping (of fruit)1-2 months
  • Flavor style (apples)Sweeter
  • Juice styleSweeter
  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Pollination group5
  • PloidyDiploid
  • VigourAverage vigour
  • Fruit bearingSpur-bearer
  • General resistanceAverage
  • Cold hardiness (USDA)(5) -20F / -29C(6) -10F / -23C(7) 0F / -18C
  • Summer average maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)
  • Country of originUnited Kingdom
  • Period of origin1850 - 1899
  • Fruit colorRusset
  • Fruit sizeSmall

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