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  • Picking season: Late
  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
  • Flowering group: 3

Sunset is a popular Cox-style apple, widely recommended as an alternative to Cox's Orange Pippin as it is much easier to grow. The parentage is not known but it is almost certainly a seedling of Cox. Disease resistance is far better, and cropping is good.

The flavor can vary quite a bit, but even in an average year it will be reliably sweet, and in a good year it has some of the aromatic qualities of Cox's Orange Pippin.

Sunset ripens in mid-September.

Sunset apple trees for sale

  • 11-year maiden bare-root tree 24.45
    M26 rootstock
    Medium size (2.5m-3m after 10 years)
  • 21-year maiden bare-root tree 24.45
    MM106 rootstock
    Large size (3m-4m after 10 years)
    Out of stock
  • 31-year maiden bare-root tree 24.45
    M25 rootstock
    Full size size (4.5m-6m after 10 years)
    Out of stock

How to grow

The main horticultural problem is that the apples tend to be quite small, but this is easily corrected by thinning the fruitlets thoroughly in May and early June.

Sunset can be grown reliably throughout much of the UK.

It is a neat and compact tree, and a good variety for growing in a patio container.


Introduced in 1918, unknown parentage but assumed to be a seedling of Cox's Orange Pippin.

Sunset characteristics

  • Using

    • Picking season:Late
    • Cropping:Heavy
    • Keeping:2-3 weeks
    • Fruit persistence:Normal ripening
    • Useful for:Eating freshJuice
  • Growing

    • Gardening skill:Beginner
    • Self-fertility:Self-fertile
    • Flowering group:3
    • Pollinating others:Average
    • Ploidy:Diploid
    • Vigour:Average vigour
    • Bearing regularity:Regular
    • Fruit bearing:Spur-bearer
  • Problems

    • Disease resistance:Good
    • Canker:Some resistance
    • Scab:Some resistance
  • Climate

    • Climate type:Temperate climatesMild damp climates
    • Summer average maximum temperatures:Cool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)
    • Frost resistance of blossom:Good resistance
  • Identification

    • Country of origin:United Kingdom
    • Period of origin:1900 - 1949
    • Flower colour:White
    • Fruit colour:Orange flush
    • Awards:RHS Award of Garden Merit