|At A Glance
||Cox Orange (Pippin)
||Slough, Bucks, England
||Ribston Pippin seedling
||mid to late October
"Cox Orange is said to have originated in
1830 from seed of Ribston, at Colnbrook Lawn near Slough, Bucks, England. It is sometimes propagated by American
nurserymen but it has never been extensively planted in this country and its cultivation is not increasing.
"Tree medium size or above,
moderately vigorous with rather slender branches. Form upright, thickly branched, dense. Twigs long to
medium, rather slender, irregularly crooked; internodes medium or below. Bark olive-green somewhat mottled with
reddish-brown, slightly pubescent. Lenticels numerous, conspicuous, medium size, oblong, raised. Buds
medium size to rather small, roundish, obtuse, appressed, pubescent. Leaves small to medium size and inclined to
"Fruit medium or above, pretty
uniform in size and shape. Form roundish oblate, sometimes slightly inclined to conic, regular or faintly ribbed,
symmetrical, axis sometimes oblique. Stem usually obliquely inclined, short, thick, sometimes long. Cavity
obtuse to somewhat acuminate, rather shallow to moderately deep, rather narrow, often somewhat russeted. Calyx
rather small, closed or partly open. Basin rather shallow and obtuse to moderately deep and abrupt, rather narrow
to moderately wide, smooth or slightly furrowed.
"Skin rather thin, though, smooth,
attractive, washed with orange-red deepening to bright red and mottled and splashed with carmine, over a deep yellow
background. Dots conspicuous, large, areolar with pale gray or russet center.
"Calyx tube cone-shape or
funnel-form. Stamens median to basal.
"Core medium size, somewhat
abaxile; cells usually symmetrical, open or closed; core lines clasping the funnel cylinder. Carpels thin,
obovate to obcordate, emarginate, usually smooth. Seeds reddish-brown, above medium size, wide, obtuse to acute,
"Flesh yellow, firm, nearly fine,
crisp, tender, very juicy, rich, sprightly subacid or becoming mild subacid, decidedly aromatic, very good to best.
"Season late September to