Tydemans Late Orange

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Fruit Fact: Tydeman's Late Orange, a variety of apples

A late Winter version of a Cox style apple, a good Cox Orange Pippin substitute for hotter climates where cox tends to go mushy, and also great for those who like to have a fresh cox style apple at christmas-time.

Variety Background:

Most Common Name: Tydeman's Late Orange
Species: malus domestica, Laxton's Superb X Cox's Orange Pippin
Synonyms: None
Origin: Another apple from Henry Tydeman at the East Malling Research Station in Kent, U.K. This is a Laxton's Superb X Cox's Orange Pippin cross made in 1930 that was finally introduced in 1949.
Patents or Trademarks: None


Description: Medium sized, roundish to slightly egg shaped, dark red stripes over green-yellow background, with a dark purplish red flush on exposed side. Some russet patches.

Flavor and tasting notes: Highly aromatic, Sharp, more intensely flavored than cox, the cream colored flesh is firm and crisp, typical of a good Winter apple. This one won't taste good right off the tree and is best left to "age" for a few weeks in storage to let it mellow and bring out more of the sweetness.


Tydeman's Late Orange is a late Winter apple that seems to still ripen in cooler climates. Suitable for coastal California as well as the hotter inland areas. Since it ripens so late, this is a good cox orange pippin substitute for hot Summer areas. Appears to be somewhat forgiving of lack of chill and should also do well in the inland regions of Southern California. In fact, lower chill conditions will probably inhibit some of its vigor in favor of increased productivity.

Bloom Time Rating: F13

Growth Habit:

Very vigorous, and because of its vigor and desire to put on vegetative growth, tydeman's late orange has a tendency to be a shy bearer. (References claim this variety to be productive, several CRFG members have confirmed this is not the case for this apple.) Produces a lot of upright water shoots.It's best to Summer prune this variety and leave it alone during the Winter.

Vigor: T3

Harvest, storage and consumption:

Starts to ripen middle of October, and unfortunately will not hold on the tree. Fruits are not good right off the tree as dessert apples, but reach their prime for consumption in late November to early December after they have stored for at least four to six weeks. Keeps well texture wise until mid April but will slowly loose its aroma and eventually goes flat if stored too long.

Begin of Harvest: mid Oct
End of Harvest: early Nov
Stores Until: mid April


Plenty sharp and firm enough to be suitable for cooking, but after a bit in storage, it's a high quality dessert apple.

Eating: Yes
Cooking: Yes
Cider: No


Unknown at this time

Scab Susceptibility: Unknown
Fire Blight Susceptibility: Unknown
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:

Trees of Antiquity