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White Transparent

(Saint Jean, Yellow Transparent)
White Transparent
White Transparent is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators

White Transparent is an old Russian apple variety, quite widely grown in Europe (and also in the USA where, confusingly, it is known as Yellow Transparent).

White Transparent has two notable qualities. It ripens very early - often as early as the third week of July. Secondly, it is exceptionally cold-hardy.

White Transparent can be eaten fresh, but the apples are generally quite soft when mature. It is primarily an apple for the kitchen, where it easily cooks down to a light and very smooth apple puree with a good flavour. For cooking it is best to pick the apples slightly green.

Bio / Organic  fruit trees

White Transparent organic apple trees for sale

  • 11-year tree on M9 rootstock 19.45€
    Small tree (1.5m-2.5m after 10 years)
  • 21-year tree on MM111 rootstock 19.45€
    Large tree (3m-5m after 10 years)
  • 31-year tree on Franc rootstock 19.45€
    Very large tree (5m-6m+ after 10 years)
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Growing and Training

White Transparent has exceptional cold-hardiness. Its natural vigour seems to help it shrug off most disease problems.

It can lapse into biennial bearing - fruiting only every other year. This seems to be associated with its natural tendency to over-crop, and this is definitely a variety that repays thinning of the fruitlets as they start to swell after the blossom.


White Transparent characteristics

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Self-fertilityPartially self-fertile
  • Flowering group2
  • Pollinating othersPoor
  • PloidyDiploid
  • Fruit bearingSpur-bearer
  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climates
  • Picking periodmid-July
  • Picking seasonVery early
  • Season of use1 week
  • CroppingGood
  • Food usesEating freshCulinaryTraditional cookerDual purpose
  • Disease resistanceAverage
  • ScabSome resistance
  • CankerSome susceptibility
  • MildewSome susceptibility
  • Fire blightVery susceptible
  • Country of originRussia
  • Period of origin1800 - 1849