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Malus domestica ‘Rock Pippin’

Probably synonymous with ‘New Rock Pippin’. ‘Fruit, of medium size; round. Skin, dull green on the shaded side, and brownish-red where exposed to the sun, entirely covered with brown russet. Eye, deeply set in a round basin. Stalk, short. Flesh, yellow, firm, sweet, rich, and perfumed with the flavor of anise. A dessert apple of first-rate quality; in use from January to May.’ [Hogg p.142/1851]. 



Horticultural & Botanical History

‘This variety was raised by Mr. William Pleasance, a nurseryman at Barnwell, near Cambridge, and was communicated by him to the London Horticultural Society, in 1821. It belongs to the Nonpareil family, and is valuable as a late winter apple.’ [Hogg p.143/1851]. Elsewhere ‘New Rock Pippin’ is described as a dessert and cider apple.



History at Camden Park

Listed as ‘Rock Pippin, apple no.70’ in a hand written list of apples in an 1850 catalogue held at Camden Park [CPA]. Most of the plants hand-written in this catalogue subsequently appeared in the 1857 catalogue. That the apples did not is probably an oversight.




Published Apr 16, 2010 - 05:15 PM | Last updated Jul 24, 2011 - 04:45 PM

Family Rosaceae
Region of origin

Garden origin, probably England

  • New Rock Pippin


Common Name

Apple, Dessert apple, Cider apple, Keeping apple

Name in the Camden Park Record

Rock Pippin  



Confidence level medium