Hauer Pippin

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Fruit Fact: Hauer Pippin, a variety of apples

Hauer pippin is a delicious very late Winter subtropical apple that requires a very long growing season to ripen properly. It keeps for a long time without any special refrigeration techniques.

Variety Background:

Most Common Name: Hauer Pippin
Species: malus domestica chance seedling
Synonyms: Moonglow
Origin: In 1890, Peter Hauer, an apple grower in Santa Cruz county found a seedling in between a Cox’s Orange Pippin tree and a Yellow Bellflower tree which turned out to bear very late ripening apple that seemed to keep forever even without any refrigeration. Given where it was growing, Peter thought this apple may be a cross of cox and bellflower, but this is only a guess. He gave it the name Moonglow, but in the community, the apple became known as Hauer's Pippin. At the time, given the lack of adequate refrigeration, Hauer pippin filled an important niche of providing an apple during the late Winter months well into Spring and early Summer. Hauer pippin quickly gained notoriety in San Francisco, where it became the main apple from February through June. The apples were even shipped overseas to England where they were sold as premium apples during Springtime.

The Hauer Pippin gradually declined in popularity as the Southern hemisphere began exporting apples to the US and Europe.

Patents or Trademarks: None


Description: A large oblate yellow apple covered with red blush and white dots and white bloom. Somewhat striped, but as apple ripens, becomes more uniform red. Looks purplish with white bloom.

Flavor and tasting notes: The orange flesh is firm, crunchy, and starts out tannic but mellows in storage to a perfect juicy well balanced sweet, vinous and aromatic flavor. Hauer pippin at it's prime is really good, almost addictive.


Hauer pippin is what is known as a long season subtropical apple, in other words, it will grow well only at lower latitudes where the growing season extends into the Winter. It originated in Watsonville where chill is not reliable. Blooms late despite being only medium chill.

Bloom Time Rating: F20

Growth Habit:

Vigorous, strong upright growth, slow to come into bearing. Becomes a large tree.

Vigor: T3

Harvest, storage and consumption:

Best left on the tree until mid to late December, then needs to store for a while to finish off. Not really ready until late January to early February, and keeps for a long time, into June and possibly beyond.

Begin of Harvest: mid Dec
End of Harvest: early Jan
Stores Until: mid June


Great multi-purpose apple, best as a dessert apple, keeps flavor and shape when cooked, and juicy enough with enough sharpness for well balanced apple cider.

Eating: Yes
Cooking: Yes
Cider: Yes


Resistant to coddling moth and scab.

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

Nurseries that carry this variety:

Limited availability in US nurseries. This important apple isn't even in the GRIN repository. Mostly an apple for southern latitudes. Includes the Southeast and California.

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