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Orleans Reinette apple trees

Orleans Reinette

Orleans Reinette is an old French late-season apple variety, first recorded in the 18th century. It is very different from modern apples, being firm rather than crisp to the bite.

However it has remained quietly popular in both Europe and North America on account of its rich old-fashioned flavour.

Orleans Reinette apple trees for sale

Bare-root

  • BR11-year bare-root tree MM106 rootstock £19.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)

How to grow

Orleans Reinette is a fairly light cropper and grows best in areas with drier climates.

Flowering occurs over a longer period than other apple varieties, which makes it difficult to assign Orleans Reinette to a specific flowering group, but it basically flowers in the mid/late blossom season and will therefore be pollinated by most other apple varieties.

 

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

History

Orleans Reinette originates from France in the 18th century.

Orleans Reinette characteristics

Using

  • CroppingLight
  • Picking seasonLate
  • Keeping (of fruit)2-3 weeks
  • Fruit persistenceNormal ripening
  • Flavour qualityVery good
  • WildlifeRHS perfect for pollinators
  • Flavour style (apples)Aromatic
  • Food usesEating freshCulinary
  • Cooking resultKeeps shape
  • Discoloration of fruitOxidising

Growing

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Flowering group4
  • Pollinating othersPoor
  • PloidyTriploid
  • VigourAverage vigour
  • Bearing regularityBiennial tendency
  • Fruit bearingSpur-bearer

Problems

  • Disease resistanceAverage
  • ScabVery susceptible

Climate

  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climates
  • Cold hardiness (USDA)(4) -30F / -34C
  • Summer average maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)

Identification

  • Country of originFrance
  • Period of origin1750 - 1799
  • Leaf colourGreen
  • Fruit colourOrange flush