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Malus Domestica Cox Pomona, simply known as Apple Cox’s Pomona, was raised by Richard Cox and is widely believed to be a pip of Ribsten Pippen. It was introduced to the UK commercially in the 1850s and has held its own since as a dual purpose apple that can be eaten or cooked with excellent results.
This is a deciduous apple tree that is mid-sized and won’t overcrowd a more compact garden. In spring it produces exceptionally pretty pink blossom that gradually turns a bright white with plenty of fragrance to attract pollinators. Foliage is a textured, oval-shaped dark green canopy that appears just before the blossom buds. When it is pollinated the blossom develops into small hard spheres that gradually swell into greenish yellow apples with a red blush and red stripes. Apple Cox’s Pomona is particularly attractive and produces a good crop that is ready to eat and / or cook in late September.
How Hardy Is Malus Domestica Cox Pomona This is a hardy apple tree than can withstand winter temperatures throughout the UK, but blossom may be damaged by late frosts.
How To Use Malus Domestica Cox Pomona This is a useful tree in a small to mid-sized garden as it will not grow too large. It will thrive in a flower border, providing summer shade to bedding plants, and looks spectacular as a specimen tree in the lawn, especially in spring when its blossom is breathtaking.
You can also grow Malus Domestica Cox Pomona in a large well-watered container on the patio, or fan train it along a sunny wall. This is one of the prettiest apple trees available, that attracts wildlife such as pollinators and birds with its blossom and fruits. When cooked the apples remain beautiful, reducing down to a bright yellow sweet puree.
How To Care For Malus Domestica Cox Pomona Apple Cox’s Pomona requires a pollinator partner of a different variety to successfully produce fruits. This is a hardy tree that requires little care once established, but new specimens will require frequent watering and a thick layer of mulch in early spring. If late frosts are forecast it’s best to cover blossom with a fleece to protect the crop. Apple Cox’s Pomona will grow in all soils of any pH provided it is not waterlogged and receives plenty of sunlight. Pruning is not necessary, but you can cut back by a third in the winter months and remove any crossed branches to boost the tree’s vigour and allow the light to ripen its summer fruits.
If you’re looking for an attractive apple tree you can’t beat the Malus Domestica Cox Pomona. It has delightful spring blossom and a striped apple that can be eaten fresh or cooked.