Ellisons Orange

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Fruit Fact: Ellison's Orange, a variety of apples

A very unique anise flavored apple in the cox orange pippin family of apples, the anise flavor can be so strong that the apple can taste too medicinal, however, at it's prime, it's delicious and complex.

Variety Background:

Most Common Name: Ellison's Orange
Species: malus domestica, cox orange pippin x Calville Blanc.
Synonyms: A sport called red ellison's is available.
Origin: Bred by Rev. Ellison, a well-known fruit aficionado who had a large collection of interesting fruit trees at the turn of the last Century. 1904, Bracebridge Mans, England, introduced in 1911, even grown commercially in England in the 1920's, but the strong anise flavor didn't appeal to a broad enough audience.
Patents or Trademarks: None


Description: Medium sized, round to slightly conical apple with brownish-crimson stripes and brownish-red stripes over golden yellow background. The skin tends to be greasy even when freshly picked.

Flavor and tasting notes: At it's prime, the creamy white flesh is tender melting and juicy, richly aromatic with a pronounced anise flavor. If the fruit is exposed to excessive heat or if stored too long, the flavor will degrade and become medicinal. If picked too soon, the anise flavor may not be present.


High heat can ruin the fruit and render it too medicinal, so it's best grown in cooler Summer climates. Hardy, grows well in Central California.

Bloom Time Rating: F13

Growth Habit:

Moderately vigorous, upright growth habit, comes into bearing early, produces a lot of spurs.

Vigor: T2

Harvest, storage and consumption:

Precocious, but needs thinning to avoid biennial tendency and undersized fruit. The fruit ripens early to mid September, and doesn't keep more than a couple of weeks at best. Will go mealy quickly.

Begin of Harvest: early Sept
End of Harvest: mid Sept
Stores Until: early Oct


Mostly a dessert apple, can be used for juicing.

Eating: Yes
Cooking: No
Cider: Yes


Highly susceptible to both fireblight and canker.

Scab Susceptibility: Unknown
Fire Blight Susceptibility: High
Powdery Mildew Susceptibility: Unknown
Cedar Apple Rust Susceptibility: Unknown
Black Rot Susceptibility: Unknown
Phytopthera Rots Susceptibility: Unknown
Fly Speck Susceptibility: Unknown
Coddling Moth Susceptibility: Unknown

Nurseries that carry this variety:

Available from various sources,

Raintree Nursery

GRIN Cross Reference: PI 589575

Photo Gallery

This picture shows the Ellison's orange depicted in Raintree's catalog. This is where I bought my tree and the fruit look exactly as in this photo. (c) Raintree Nursery

This picture depicts what are supposed to be Ellison's orange fruit with little blush and few stripes. The fruit in my orchard bear little resemblance to these, these lack the brownish crimson stripes and have practically no blush (c) Sven Teschke Wikipedia

The GIN picture seem to depict seriously under ripe fruit, but perhaps this is the state they need to be picked in to avoid the flavor from going medicinal (c) USDA GRIN


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