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Popular English garden apple with some disease resistance that once was grown commercially in the UK but fell out of favor.
Cox Orange Pippin X Wealthy from Laxton Brothers Nursery in Bedford, England, 1904. Introduced into commerce in 1931.
Ironically it doesn't develop good flavor in the cooler English districts, and is better suited to warmer climates. With appropriate heat, it will develop a rich and complex flavor. Probably not suited to the foggier coastal regions of Central and Northern California.
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Medium sized, ribbed apple with short red stripes over pale yellow skin. Will develop some russeted patches and will also develop red flush in sun exposed sides. Fruit bruises easily.
Lightly aromatic, sweet, and very juicy when left to fully ripen on tree, but can be flat if picked too early. It doesn't store well so it's best to leave it on the tree until it is fully ripe.
Laxton's fortune is a compact grower and is precocious but strongly biennial, thus regular thinning is advised.
Laxton's Fortune is an early September apple in England but tends towards a late Summer apple in lower latitudes. It doesn't store well.
Mainly a dessert apple with little other uses
Known to be highly resistant to fireblight and scab.
GRIN cross reference: [http://www.ars-grin.gov/cgi-bin/npgs/acc/display.pl?1133186 PI 127009]
<br>Fruit is not grown commercially in the US, trees can be purchased from specialty nurseries:
<br>[http://www.treesofantiquity.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=78 Trees of Antiquity]
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