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Kidd's Orange Red apple trees

Malus domestica
Kidd's Orange Red has received the RHS Award of Garden MeritKidd's Orange Red is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Picking season: Late
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Flowering group: 3

Kidd's Orange Red is one of the select band of apple varieties which can truly be said to rival the definitive Cox's Orange Pippin for flavour. It is primarily a sweet apple, but unlike most sweet apples it has a rich complexity to the flavours too. Kidd's Orange Red is fairly crisp but also pleasantly chewy, and each bite seems to release yet more juice and flavour.

Kidd's Orange Red is a popular variety in English gardens, but it was actually raised in New Zealand at the start of the 20th century by J.H. Kidd, who was an enthusiast of the English Cox's Orange Pippin apple which is one of the parents of Kidd's Orange Red.

The tree grows attractively, and the crimson pink blossom is a particular feature - it has a rose-like scent too.

Although primarily an apple for eating fresh, Kidd's Orange Red also produces a high quality sweet apple juice, with a pleasing thick texture.

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Kidd's Orange Red organic apple trees - graft to order

  • 1Maidentree on M9 rootstock 19.45€
    Small tree (1.5m-2.5m after 10 years) Custom graft
  • 2Maidentree on M116 rootstock 19.45€
    Medium tree (2m-3.5m after 10 years) Custom graft
  • 3Maidentree on MM111 rootstock 19.45€
    Large tree (3m-5m after 10 years) Custom graft
  • 4Maidentree on Bittenfelder rootstock 19.45€
    Very large tree (5m-6m+ after 10 years) Custom graft
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Growing and Training

Kidd's Orange Red is very easy to grow, generally problem-free, and makes an excellent garden variety for most regions, including cool temperate climates and warmer climates. It makes a good alternative to Cox's Orange Pippin in warmer climates.

It forms an attractive-looking tree with long branches which grow vertically when the tree is young but then bend over with fruit as the tree comes into bearing.

It is not a heavy-cropper, although cropping is reliable. Fruit size can be on the small size but this can be corrected by moderate thinning as the fruitlets start to form.

Kidd's Orange Red is a good choice if you are not keen on pruning, as its branches and fruiting spurs do not become congested as the tree ages.


Kidd's Orange Red characteristics

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Flowering group3
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • PloidyDiploid
  • Fruit bearingSpur-bearer
  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climates
  • Picking periodmid-October
  • Picking seasonLate
  • Season of use1-2 months - Will keep in a cold store until Christmas
  • CroppingLight
  • Food usesEating freshJuice
  • Disease resistanceAverage - Not usually troubled by scab or mildew
  • ScabSome resistance
  • Fire blightSome resistance
  • Country of originNew Zealand
  • Period of origin1900 - 1949
  • Fruit colourOrange / Red