Laxton’s Superb is a very heavy cropper every other year – like Tydeman’s Late Orange, it has the tendency to biennial bearing. Branches will need to be supported to stop them from breaking under the weight of the fruit. Therefore it pays to thin the fruits out in early June. Also the size of the fruit will then be better. It is a good keeping apple but it should not be used as a pollinator. The tree needs to be staked well in case the heavy crop coincides with a gale just before picking time.

Laxton’s Superb was developed in England in 1897, a cross between Cox’s Orange Pippin and Wyken Pippin. It was bred by Laxton Brothers, a plant breeding company based in Bedford. Its aromatic taste is similar to Cox.

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Laxton’s Superb, image courtesy Eivind Kvamme/