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Blenheim Orange

(Reinette de Blenheim)
Blenheim Orange
Blenheim Orange has received the RHS Award of Garden MeritBlenheim Orange is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators

Blenheim Orange is a popular traditional English apple variety. Although it can be eaten fresh if you like a sharp flavoured apple, it is best considered a culinary apple, and it cooks to a stiff puree. It grows into a big impressive tree and makes a good feature tree in a larger garden.

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

Blenheim Orange is believed to date back to early 18th century. It was discovered growing near Blenheim Palace. The parentage is unknown.

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Blenheim Orange organic apple trees - graft to order

  • 11-year tree on M9 rootstock 24.95€
    Small tree (1.5m-2.5m after 10 years)
  • 21-year tree on MM111 rootstock 24.95€
    Large tree (3m-5m after 10 years)
  • 31-year tree on Franc rootstock 24.95€
    Very large tree (5m-6m+ after 10 years)
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Blenheim Orange characteristics

  • Gardening skillExperienced
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Flowering group3
  • Pollinating othersPoor
  • PloidyTriploid
  • Fruit bearingPartial tip-bearer
  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climates
  • Picking periodearly October
  • Picking seasonLate
  • Season of use1-2 months
  • CroppingGood
  • Food usesEating freshCulinaryDual purpose
  • Disease resistanceAverage
  • ScabSome resistance
  • CankerVery resistant
  • MildewSome resistance
  • Country of originUnited Kingdom
  • Period of origin1700 - 1749
  • Fruit colourOrange flush