Laxton's Fortune

(reinettes)


Raised in 1904 from Cox’s Orange Pippin x Wealthy.  RHS Award of Merit in 1932.  RHS First Class certificate in 1948.
Now known as Fortune.

Medium size.  Round, slightly conical, (or short round conical) slightly flattened at base and apex, irregular.  Five crowned. Bright red stripes on yellow over orange flush, (both Taylor and Clark say ‘like a James Grieve in colouring’)  Some russet on fruit. Lenticels inconspicuous tiny dots. Skin dry.

Cavity medium width and depth, lined with russet.
Stalk varies, usually bent to one side. Above cavity.   
Basin narrow and deep, sometimes beaded.
Eye part open when sepals have broken but Taylor says ‘Eye closed’. Skin pleated into Eye.
Sepals long, convergent and erect.
Flesh creamy white, soft, juicy, good flavour.

Tube cone, Stamens median, Core axile

Tree not vigorous, upward spreading, cropping variable, can be biennial.

Flowering two days before Cox’s Orange Pippin with James Grieve.

Season : September to October