Raised 1930 by H M Tydeman at the East Malling Research Station in Kent from Laxton’s Superb x Cox’s Orange Pippin. Introduced in 1948. RHS Award of Merit in 1965.
Medium small. Round to round /conical. Regular, flattened at base.
Ground colour dark green becoming yellow, flushed dark purple red. (inherited from Laxton’s Superb?) Indistinct darker stripes. Russet flecked all over fruit. Dry, rough skin. Lenticels inconspicuous small russet dots.
Cavity fairly shallow, can be lipped, green skin in cavity covered by russet.
Stalk stout, medium to short. To or just above cavity
Basin can be shallow, but usually medium width and depth. Some russet
Eye large, open
Sepals long and broad. Separated at base.
Flesh cream/yellow, juicy, quite a rich flavour, aromatic. Flavour from Cox parent?
Tube cone, Stamens median, Core axile, open
Tree vigorous and spreading, lots of new growth
Can be a biennial bearer, fruits can be very small if not thinned. ( Yes – drastic thinning required!)
Flowering two days after Cox’s Orange Pippin with Gala and Melrose.
Season : January – March