Malus Domestica Fiesta, commonly referred to simply as Apple Fiesta, is a small to medium-sized fruit tree. It is a mid-season dessert apple tree, quite popular in UK gardens and generally produces a heavy crop. Apple Fiesta originated in 1972. The variety was created by F. Alston and East Malling Research in Kent by crossing Cox’s Orange Pippin with Idared. It is synonymous with Malus Domestica Red Pippin.
During the spring months, Malus Domestica Fiesta boasts an abundance of pink flowers that fade to white. Following flowering, the tree starts fruit production. It produces an ample crop of lovely orange apples that feature a red flush. The apples can also display reddish stripes over a green and yellow background.
The apples produced by the Apple Fiesta tree are mid-sized and very colourful during the autumn months before harvest. They feature a rich, sweet, crisp flavour. The fruit is wonderfully juicy and popular for making apple juice. It is a favourite dessert apple or can be eaten fresh. The apples are usually ready for harvest in late September.
Height and Spread of Malus Domestica Fiesta The Fiesta Apple attains a height of only 4 to 8 meters with a canopy width of 4 to 8 meters wide. It typically takes up to five to 10 years for the tree to attain its full height.
Malus Domestica Fiesta grows best when planted in full sun. It prefers well-draining soil that is rich in compost. After planting, keep the soil moist to encourage root growth. Once the tree is established it requires very little water to flourish and really only needs to be watered during bouts of drought. Apple trees should be pruned in the late winter or early spring.
The Apple Fiesta tree is an excellent pollinator. The tree is not self-fertile, so it also must have a pollinator planted close by in order to produce a crop of apples. The apple tree that you pick to be a pollinator for Apple Fiesta should flower at approximately the same time to ensure pollination. Throughout the UK, Malus Domestica Fiesta grows well with very little care.
In 1987, this variety of apple tree was bestowed the Award of Garden Merit by the Royal Horticultural Society.