Malus Domestica Queen Cox, or Queen Cox Apple, is a sport of the old favourite Cox’s Orange Pippin, with a more attractive fruit and smaller growth habit which makes it a perfect espaliered apple tree. These apple trees have been shaped as 2-tier espaliered fruit trees, ideal for growing along a sunny south facing wall while taking up little lateral space.
Introduced in 1975, Malus Domestica Queen Cox has become a favourite of gardeners for its small size and suitability for espalier growing. It produces lovely scented white blossoms in May, with the fruit that follows an attractive pale green in summer, ripening to an orange-red by late September. Since it is self-fertile, you do not need to plant more than one to enjoy its delicious fruit!
Hardy throughout most of the UK, Malus Domestica Queen Cox grows to a mature height of only 1.5 – 2.5 metres in 5 to 10 years. Because of its small size, pruning and other care- including harvesting the delicious apples! - will be easy to accomplish.
Plant your Queen Cox Apple in full sun, in a sheltered spot where it will be protected from north winds. It will also tolerate some shade as long as it is in the sun for half a day. Apples grow best in a well-drained, rich loamy soil. If planting in clay or sand, add plenty of organic matter to the planting hole. After planting your young tree, give it some support from a sturdy stake, and wrap the trunk with a guard to protect it from deer and rabbits.
The small size and self-fertile nature of Malus Domestica Queen Cox make it an excellent choice for container planting. It will grow quite happily on a balcony or roof terrace. It is also a great candidate for an espaliered apple tree, trained against a wall or on a trellis to save space and also create an attractive garden feature. A row of Queen Cox Apples espaliered along a wall next to a walkway would be lovely from spring when the scented blossoms are in bloom, to summer when the pale green apples start to form, and then in the autumn when the branches are gemmed with the fragrant ripening apples!
In a medium-sized garden you could fit in a grouping of several of these small apple trees, creating a pleasant orchard area, and increasing the amount of fruit you can harvest each autumn.
Malus Domestica Queen Cox is an apple tree which can be grown by almost anyone. Its small size and self-fertility make it an excellent choice for container growing and espaliered apple trees!
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