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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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Blenheim Orange apple trees for sale

Pot-grown

All pot-grown trees are suitable for planting out in the garden, some are suitable for growing in containers.

  • PG12-year bush-trained 11.5L pot-grown tree M27 rootstock £42.00
    Very small tree (< 1.7m after 10 years)
    Out of stock
  • PG22-year bush-trained 12L pot-grown tree M26 rootstock £39.50
    Medium tree (2m-3m after 10 years)
  • PG32-year bush-trained 12L pot-grown tree MM106 rootstock £39.50
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
  • PG4Premium half-standard 12L pot-grown tree MM106 rootstock £44.50
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)

Bare-root

  • BR11-year bare-root tree M26 rootstock £19.95
    Medium tree (2m-3m after 10 years)
  • BR21-year bare-root tree MM106 rootstock £19.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
  • BR32-year bush-trained bare-root tree MM106 rootstock £29.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
  • BR42-year (1.75m) bare-root tree M25 rootstock £34.95
    Very large tree (4m-7m after 10 years)

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

Using

  • CroppingGood
  • Picking seasonLate
  • Keeping (of fruit)1-2 months
  • Fruit persistenceNormal ripening
  • Flavour qualityGood
  • WildlifeRHS perfect for pollinators
  • Flavour style (apples)Sharper
  • Food usesEating freshCulinaryDual purpose
  • Cooking resultPuree
  • Discoloration of fruitNo discoloration (Good for drying)
  • Vitamin C contentMedium

Growing

  • Gardening skillExperienced
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Flowering group3
  • Pollinating othersPoor
  • PloidyTriploid
  • VigourVery vigorous
  • PrecocitySlow to start bearing
  • Bearing regularityBiennial tendency
  • Fruit bearingPartial tip-bearer
  • LongevityLong-lived

Problems

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

Climate

  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climates
  • Cold hardiness (USDA)(5) -20F / -29C
  • Summer average maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Cold (< 20C / 67F)
  • Frost resistance of blossomSusceptible

Identification

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