Laxton's Fortune

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Fruit Fact: Laxton's Fortune, a variety of apples

Popular English garden apple with some disease resistance that once was grown commercially in the UK but fell out of favor.

Variety Background:

Most Common Name: Laxton's Fortune
Species: malus domestica
Synonyms: Fortune
Origin: Cox Orange Pippin X Wealthy from Laxton Brothers Nursery in Bedford, England, 1904. Introduced into commerce in 1931.
Patents or Trademarks: None


Description: Medium sized, ribbed apple with short red stripes over pale yellow skin. Will develop some russeted patches and will also develop red flush in sun exposed sides. Fruit bruises easily.

Flavor and tasting notes: Lightly aromatic, sweet, and very juicy when left to fully ripen on tree, but can be flat if picked too early. It doesn't store well so it's best to leave it on the tree until it is fully ripe.


Ironically it doesn't develop good flavor in the cooler English districts, and is better suited to warmer climates. With appropriate heat, it will develop a rich and complex flavor. Probably not suited to the foggier coastal regions of Central and Northern California.

Bloom Time Rating: F9

Growth Habit:

Laxton's fortune is a compact grower and is precocious but strongly biennial, thus regular thinning is advised.

Vigor: T2

Harvest, storage and consumption:

Laxton's Fortune is an early September apple in England but tends towards a late Summer apple in lower latitudes. It doesn't store well.

Begin of Harvest: mid Aug
End of Harvest: early Sept
Stores Until: early Oct


Mainly a dessert apple with little other uses

Eating: Yes
Cooking: No
Cider: No


Known to be highly resistant to fireblight and scab.

Scab Susceptibility: Low
Fire Blight Susceptibility: low
Powdery Mildew Susceptibility: Unknown
Cedar Apple Rust Susceptibility: Unknown
Black Rot Susceptibility: Unknown
Phytopthera Rots Susceptibility: Unknown
Fly Speck Susceptibility: Unknown
Coddling Moth Susceptibility: Unknown

Nurseries that carry this variety:

GRIN cross reference: PI 127009
Fruit is not grown commercially in the US, trees can be purchased from specialty nurseries:
Trees of Antiquity