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Malus domestica ‘Gogar Pippin’

Fruit; Medium size, roundish, angled and slightly flattened. Skin; pale green, thick, strewn with small russet dots, faintly mottled red next the sun. Flesh; greenish white, tender, juicy, sugary, brisk. [HP pl.LIV/1878].

Horticultural & Botanical History

It originated at Gogor near Edinburgh. A hardy and prolific tree. Available January to late May. ‘A long keeping dessert apple; it is this property which gives it its chief merit.’ [HP pl.LIV/1878].

‘A very good middle sized variety, a good keeper and bearer.’  [David Crichton.  NHM vol.1 p60/1864].

History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1850 and 1857 catalogues [Apple no.46/1850].


The identity of this apple is uncertain with at least two other apples bearing the name ‘Stone Pippin’ as a synonym:

‘Birmingham Pippin’, a small dessert apple. ‘This variety is supposed to be a native of Warwickshire. It is what is generally known in the nurseries, under the name of Stone Pippin, but the Gogar Pippin is also known by that name.’ [Hogg p.38/1851].

‘Norfolk Stone Pippin’, synonyms ‘Stone Pippin’, ‘White Stone Pippin’. A medium-sized general purpose apple. ‘This is, a valuable Norfolk apple, known in the Norwich market by the name of White Pippin. The fruit, when peeled, sliced, and boiled in sugar, becomes transparent, affording for many months a most delicious sweetmeat for tarts. The tree grows to a large size, is very hardy, and in all seasons an abundant bearer. It is highly deserving of an extended cultivation.’ [George Lindley – Orchard Guide p.83/1831].

Published Apr 16, 2010 - 02:35 PM | Last updated Jul 25, 2011 - 03:22 PM

9 varieties of apple are figured here, variable, small to large, green or yellow, re-flushed. Herefordshire Pomona pl.54, 1878.

Apple ‘Gogar Pippin’ | HP pl.54/1878 - Gogar Pippin is the apple at top right | RBGS


Family Rosaceae
Region of origin

Garden origin, Scotland

  • Stone Pippin


Common Name

Apple, Dessert apple, Keeping apple

Name in the Camden Park Record

Stone Pippin 

Confidence level low