Last date for Christmas 2014 ordersPlease order by 10pm on Friday 12th December 2014 to receive delivery before Christmas (some limitations may apply). 

Blenheim Orange apple trees

  • Pick: Late-season
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Uses: Eat fresh | Cookery 

Blenheim Orange is a popular large English heritage apple variety, widely grown in gardens. It has the characteristic orange flush which is often associated with English apples. Although it can be eaten fresh, it is best considered a culinary apple, and it cooks to a stiff puree.

Blenheim Orange makes a good feature tree in a larger garden.

Order now for delivery week commencing 1st December 2014 onwards (pot-grown) or December (bare-root).

Blenheim Orange apple trees for sale

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity

Pot-grown fruit trees  (Deliveries Sept 2014 - April 2015)

Very small  (1.5m - 2m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - 12l pot - M27 rootstock £28.45
Medium  (2.2m - 3m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - 12l pot - M26 rootstock £27.95
Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - 12l pot - MM106 rootstock £27.95
Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) Half-standard premium - 12l pot - MM106 rootstock £33.95

Bare-root fruit trees  (Deliveries November 2014 - February 2015)

Very small  (1.5m - 2m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - M27 rootstock £17.95 Sold outalert me
Medium  (2.2m - 3m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - M26 rootstock £17.45 Sold outalert me
Medium  (2.2m - 3m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - bare-root - M26 rootstock £24.95
Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - MM106 rootstock £17.45 Sold outalert me
Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - bare-root - MM106 rootstock £24.95
Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) Half-standard - bare-root - MM106 rootstock less than 5 in stock £25.95
Full size  (5m+ after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - M25 rootstock £17.95
Full size  (5m+ after 5-10 years) Standard 1.75m - bare-root - M25 rootstock £26.45

Delivery period: Pot-grown trees can be delivered from September onwards. Bare-root trees can be delivered from mid-November onwards. Within those periods you can specify your preferred month of delivery during the checkout process. It is best to order as soon as you can to ensure items are reserved for you.

*Mature size: Height shown is the approximate height of the tree when mature (after 5-10 years), not the height when supplied. See photos of trees as supplied. Actual mature heights may vary considerably dependent on your local conditions and training and pruning regime - see our Tree Height Calculator.

Stock availability: Items showing as 'sold out' will probably be available again next season. Click here to be notified when we get more trees of this variety.

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Summary features of Blenheim Orange

    Growing

  • Gardening skill: Some needed?
  • Cropping: Good
  • Fertility: Not self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 3?
  • Pollinating others: Poor?
  • Ploidy: Triploid?
  • Vigour: Very large?
  • Precocity: Slow to start bearing?
  • Bearing regularity: Biennial tendency?
  • Fruit bearing: Partial tip-bearer?
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening?
  • Attractive tree
  • Attractive fruit
  • Overall disease resistance: Average?
  • Long-lived: Yes?
  • Scab: Very resistant?
  • Mildew: Some resistance?
  • Bitter pit: Some resistance?

    Identification

  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Period of origin: 1700 - 1749
  • Fruit colour: Orange flush
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Popularity: Best sellers?


Pollination guide for Blenheim Orange

Blenheim Orange is in flowering group 3. Blenheim Orange is a triploid variety and cannot pollinate other varieties. It needs to be pollinated by another tree of a different variety nearby. You can either plant a self-fertile variety (which will pollinate itself and the Blenheim Orange) or you can plant two pollination partners which must each be of different varieties and able to cross-pollinate each other as well as the Blenheim Orange. If you need further advice on this just get in touch. Since it flowers in the middle of the blossom season it can be pollinated by most other apple trees.

How to grow Blenheim Orange apple trees

Blenheim Orange produces a large vigorous tree, with unusually dense wood. It is a triploid variety so it needs two separate pollinating apple trees nearby.

This is slow-growing long-lived variety which takes a while to get into its stride. Victorian author Hogg, writing at the end of the 19th century noted that Blenheim Orange noted, "... when it becomes a little aged, it bears regular and abundant crops".



Historical details

Blenheim Orange is believed to date back to early 18th century. It was discovered at Woodstock in Oxfordshire, and named after the nearby Blenheim Palace. The parentage is unknown.


Botanical name

Malus domestica 'Blenheim Orange'


Related variety collections

English heritage apple trees, Top 10 English and Scottish cooking apples



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