We have had quite a lot of experience in growing Ellison’s Orange. It is an apple variety that likes well-drained soil. Any difficulty with drainage and canker is quite a problem. If you really like an apple of intense flavour and are able to pick it when it is just right from the maturity point of view, then this is the apple to go for. Do not try to keep it for long, as the aniseed flavour, which is very mild the first 2 weeks, becomes quite strong. It is a lot easier to grow than Cox’s Orange Pippin. It even does well on quite thin, chalky types of soils as long as the tree is well mulched. It has a good level of resistance against spring frosts and scab. It is a regular cropper and needs to be pruned lightly in the early years.