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Malus domestica 'Ribston Pippin' (D) AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Fruit (edible)

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H6 (hardy - very cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Pale Pink in Spring

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Fruit

Red and Yellow in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

4-8 metres

Ultimate spread

4-8 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

apple 'Ribston Pippin'

Family

Rosaceae


Malus are small to medium-sized deciduous trees with showy flowers in spring and ornamental or edible fruit in autumn; some have good autumn foliage colour

‘Ribston Pippin’ is a dessert cultivar in pollination group 2, and a triploid. Produces good, regular crops of apples, greenish-yellow flushed orange red. An intense, rich, aromatic flavour; more acidity and more robust than Cox. Season of use from October to January

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

It will crop best in a sunny situation. The height will depend on the rootstock and training method. Suitable for all training forms. Keep a clear area around the trunk of at least 60cm radius. Fruit thinning may be required. For more details see apple cultivation

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Neutral
  • Loam, Clay or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by budding or grafting onto a clonal rootstock for fruit. The rootstock used will effect the size of the plant

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Cottage/Informal Garden, Wildlife Gardens or Wall-side Borders


How to care

Pruning

Regular pruning is required - apple pruning; spur bearing

Pests

Aphids, woolly aphid, fruit tree red spider mite, mussel scale, codling moth and caterpillars are the main pests on edible apples

Diseases

Resistant to apple scab; prone to powdery mildew and apple canker. Can be affected by honey fungus