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Blenheim Orange apple trees

Malus domestica
Blenheim Orange

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.

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  • BR11-year bare-root tree M26 rootstock £19.95
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  • BR32-year half-standard bare-root tree MM106 rootstock £34.95
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  • BR52-year (1.75m) bare-root tree M25 rootstock £34.95
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How to grow

Blenheim Orange produces a large vigorous tree, with unusually dense wood.

It is a triploid variety so will not pollinate other apple trees.

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".

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

History

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.

Blenheim Orange characteristics

Growing

  • Gardening skillExperienced
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Flowering group3
  • Pollinating othersPoor
  • Fruit bearingPartial tip-bearer
  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climates

Using

  • Picking seasonLate
  • CroppingGood
  • Keeping (of fruit)1-2 months
  • Food usesEating freshCulinaryDual purpose
  • Flavour style (apples)Sharper
  • Cooking resultPuree

Problems

  • Disease resistanceAverage
  • ScabSome resistance
  • CankerVery resistant
  • MildewSome resistance

Climate

    Identification

    • Country of originUnited Kingdom
    • Period of origin1700 - 1749
    • Fruit colourOrange flush
    • AwardsRHS Award of Garden Merit