Laxton's Fortune apple trees

Laxton's Fortune apple tree
RHS AGM for Laxton's Fortune

Many growers have attempted to combine the superb flavour of Cox's Orange Pippin with other varieties that are less disease-prone and easier to grow. Fortune, developed by the Laxton Brothers Nursery in the early 20th century is a good example of this, having some of the aromatic richness of Cox but much better resistance to the apple disease scab.

Although not as well known as Laxton's Superb, it remains a popular garden apple variety.

Laxton's Fortune apple trees for sale

Sorry we have not been able to produce any trees of this variety this season.

We may still be able to propagate it to order for you. Please contact us for more details.

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Summary features of Laxton's Fortune

Growing

  • Gardening skill: Some needed?
  • Cropping: Good
  • Fertility: Partially self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 3?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Slightly small?
  • Bearing regularity: Biennial tendency?
  • Fruit bearing: Partial tip-bearer?
  • Overall disease resistance: Average?
  • Canker: Some susceptibility?
  • Scab: Some resistance?

Uses

Identification

  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Period of origin: 1900 - 1949
  • Fruit colour: Green / Red
  • Blossom colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • RHS AGM: RHS AGM
    1993

Climate

  • Temperate climates
  • Mild / damp climates?
  • Planting position: Full sun preferred

Pollination guide for Laxton's Fortune

Laxton's Fortune is in flowering group 3. Laxton's Fortune is partially self-fertile, but fruiting will be improved if there is a compatible tree of a different variety nearby. Since it flowers in the middle of the blossom season it can be pollinated by most other apple trees.

How to grow Laxton's Fortune apple trees

If you want to learn about biennial bearing in apple trees, Laxton's Fortune is the example the textbooks usually mention! Biennial bearing is when the tree fruits heavily in alternate years, with a light crop or no crop in the intervening year. Heavy-cropping varieties which are also of low vigour - such as Laxton's Fortune - are most prone to this condition. To prevent this happening, make sure you don't let the tree set too heavy a crop, as this will trigger the cycle. The easiest way to prevent over-cropping is to thin the fruitlets at the start of June after the blossom is over - thin each cluster to one fruitlet per cluster, and then if necessary remove some of the remaining ones as well.

Fortune ripens earlier than Cox but for the best flavour leave it on the tree until the apples start to fall before picking.

Laxton's Fortune performs well in hotter climates, so is a good choice if you want a traditional English-style apple but are living in Spain, Italy, or southern France.

Historical details

Developed at the start of the 20th century by the famous Laxton Brothers Nursery in Bedfordshire. Laxton's Fortune (often known simply as Fortune) is a cross between Cox's Orange Pippin and a little-known American variety called Wealthy. It received a first class certificate from the RHS in 1948.

This was not the first time that the Laxton Brothers Nursery had worked with Cox's Orange Pippin - they had previously released Laxton's Superb, another Cox-derived variety.

Botanical name

Malus domestica 'Laxton's Fortune'