Newtown Pippin Apple Tree Overview
The Newtown Pippin apple tree, also known as Albemarle Pippin, has its origin story as a chance seedling discovered on a farm in Newtown in Long Island, New York City in the 1700s. However, you may have also heard this apple variety called Albemarle Pippin. This is because in 1777 Colonel Thomas Walker brought this apple tree variety to his home in Albemarle County in Virginia. After that, it became very widely grown and is now one of the most famous apple trees in Virginia.
Certainly, another interesting historic note is that Newtown Pippin is famous because it is one of the first apples exported to Britain by Benjamin Franklin in 1759. Thomas Jefferson also grew Newtown Pippin in his home in Monticello.
The Newtown Pippin apple has a wide variety of uses. Firstly, it is an excellent choice for eating fresh as you will love the sweet taste which increases in flavor the longer the apple is stored. Commonly used for dessert, pies and apple sauces. In addition, you will love it as a quality cider variety.
- Uses: eating fresh, apple sauce, pies, cooking, juice, hard cider, drying
- Taste: tangy, tart, firm, crisp, aromatic
- Size: medium to large sized
- Color: light green colored fruit russeted around the stem, yellow or white to cream flesh color
- Hardiness Zones: 4 – 10
- Disease resistance:
- Scab – some susceptibility
- Mildew– some susceptibility
- Canker – some susceptibility
- Fireblight – some susceptibility
- Rust – resistant
- Bitter pit: prone
- Harvest period: 4, late season
- Flowering Group: 3
- Cross pollinates with: Alkmene, Crimson Crisp, Duchess of Oldenburg, Empire, Enterprise, Galarina™, Goldrush, Honeycrisp, Kingston Black, Macoun, Novaspy, Pink Lady, Pristine, Redfree, Rubinette, Sansa, Suncrisp, Sweet Sixteen, William’s Pride, Winecrisp, Wolf River.
- Cultivation: This apple tree is a vigorous, upright spreading tree. Since it produces heavy crops, it will need to be thinned in order for the branches not to break. It also does better in warm climates or temperatures.
- Storage: Keeps well in storage for up to two months (8 weeks). Additionally, the flavor will improve in storage.
- Ease of care: easy