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Ellison's Orange

  • Picking season: Mid
  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Self-fertility: Partially self-fertile
  • Flowering group: 4

Ellison's Orange is a superb traditional English dessert apple, closely related to Cox's Orange Pippin, but with a notably juicier flesh. It has the attractive orange flush so typical of English apples.

Ellison's Orange is known for its background aniseed note which enhances the aromatic complexity so typical of a Cox-style apple. In a good year the flavor of Ellison's Orange makes it one of a very small number of varieties which could truely be put on a par with Cox's Orange Pippin.

Ellison's Orange apple trees for sale

  • 11-year maiden bare-root tree 24.45
    MM106 rootstock
    Large size (3m-4m after 10 years)
  • 21-year maiden bare-root tree 24.45
    M25 rootstock
    Full size size (4.5m-6m after 10 years)
Next deliveries

Deliveries resume December 2020


How to grow

Ellison's Orange is a mid-season variety, and generally easy and reliable to grow. It makes a good alternative to the more temperamental Cox's Orange Pippin, and has better disease resistance.

History

Raised by the Reverend Ellison in Lincolnshire, England, c1905. Believed to be a cross between Cox's Orange Pippin and an old French variety.

Ellison's Orange characteristics

  • Picking seasonMid
  • CroppingGood
  • Keeping1 week
  • Fruit persistenceNormal ripening
  • Useful forEating fresh
  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityPartially self-fertile
  • Flowering group4
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • PloidyDiploid
  • VigourAverage vigour
  • Bearing regularityRegular
  • Fruit bearingPartial tip-bearer
  • Disease resistanceGood
  • Climate typeTemperate climates
  • Summer average maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Cold (< 20C / 67F)
  • Frost resistance of blossomGood resistance
  • Country of originUnited Kingdom
  • Period of origin1850 - 1899
  • Flower colourPink - light
  • Fruit colourOrange flush
  • AwardsRHS Award of Garden Merit