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Orleans Reinette apple

Last updated 10 May 2012.

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Current rating: 4.5 out of 5. Total votes cast: 13

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18 Oct 2011 
Best apple I have ever grown, very good crop on a tree which we converted from a young cordon to a small bush when we moved it. However it is its first real crop in 5 years. Fruit beautiful and of high quality; after a weeks or so's storage they had an flavour which reminded me of apple and mango juice blends. Very complex very satisfying. It being a very warm autumn so far they are nearly past their best already. Should have stored in plastic as suggested in apple book. Left mishapes on the tree and they ate well from the tree.

20 Sep 2010 
I have an Orleans Reinette which is excellently flavoured and very prolific. I got it from the National Trust (Erdigg) in 2000. It does not keep long, about 6 weeks, but is worth having despite that because of the taste and appearance.

07 Sep 2010 
Karin, Do you know how the bloom time on your Marcoun relates to the bloom time of Cox Orange Pippin? If so, you can look for something with a bloom that matches or will overlap, in order to set fruit. I looked up some of the russeted and reinette apples In John Bultitude's book. Those that follow are fairly scab resistant and have fertile pollen (are not triploids): Lord Lambourne blooms 3 days before COP; Orleans Reinette blooms 5 days after COP; Tydeman's Late Orange blooms 1 day before COP; Ashmead's Kernel blooms 3 days after COP; Zaberäu Renette blooms 1 day before COP; D'Arcy Spice blooms 3 days after COP. Of course, these records come from Britain. Your experience may differ, depending on how widely your climate varies from that of the UK. I am in a dry part of the States with fairly short growing season. The above are cultivars I am considering or already own. Lady, or in the French, Pomme d'Api is one of the oldest apples in existence. The tree is small, the bloom is some time in mid-season, the apples small and keep long. Coming from France, it may be suitable for your climate. BTW, I have an Ashmead's and it is producing its first small crop this year. It seems to thrive in a wide range of conditions. That should give you some leads worth looking into.

17 Apr 2010 
Hello. I would like to know more about this variety. Is this a good cross-pollinator? I am in nortwest Italy and I have Pom Marcoun apple trees and would like to find an Renette variety for pollination but also because I want to add another "old "vareity to my orchard. Any suggestions?

02 Oct 2009 
Endorse all that has been said about flavour, which I consider to be excellent. However, cannot agree as to it's keeping qualities. Certainly in my experience best eaten straight from the tree (mid October on). Tends to shrivel in store, a characteristic mentioned iin a couple of fruit books I have read. Great eating though. Mine is grown on M27 bush, moderate crops.Or

04 Oct 2008 
Very good. Had both this and Bleinheim Orange and doubt that they are the same.

18 Sep 2008 
Wish ours was a cordon! no I don't, but its about 40 or 50 foot high and the best-looking apples are usually too high to pick, even with a long-handled picker at the top of the ladder! Obviously very old tree. Fruit was quite woody, but in recent years has been good. Keeps well, though not as well as Keswick Codlin even till April for cooking,if you can keep the mice out. If someone from a nursery wanted to take some cuttings to grow on we would be delighted.

07 Aug 2008 
How do you prune your cordons. After reading many descriptions I am still baffled!

30 Jul 2008 
I've grown this as a cordon for about 20 years and it usually crops each year - it's more reliable than Ashmead's Kernel, which I also grow it's a similar type of apple in taste (perhaps not quite as good) but prettier as it does flush up a little pink with russet patches. Like Ashmead's it needs to be stored and eaten from December onwards.

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An old-fashioned 18th century French apple, with a good reputation for flavour, but usually not a good cropper.

Orleans Reinette phototape


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Unknown
  • Originates from: France
  • Introduced: 1770s
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1043
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1976-147


  • Fruit colour: Red / Orange flush
  • Bultitude apple group: 7. Flushed / striped, some russeting, sweet


  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Uses: Cooking
  • Cooking result: Keeps shape
  • Flavour quality: Very good
  • Flavour style: Aromatic
  • Harvest period: Late season
  • Use / keeping: 2-3 weeks Unusually for a late variety, does not keep particularly well.


  • Cropping: Light
  • Flowering period: Late season
  • Flowering group: 4 Flowers over quite a long period.
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Ploidy: Triploid
  • Pollinating others: Poor
  • Vigour: Average growth
  • Gardening skill: Average
  • General disease resistance: Average


  • Climate suitability: Temperate climates


  • Scab  - Very susceptible

References and further reading about this variety

  • Apples for the 21st Century
    Author: Manhart
    Listed as Orleans, lists Winter Ribston as synonym
  • Apples of England (1948)
    Author: Taylor
  • Fruit Expert
    Author: Hessayon
  • Some Antique Apples for Modern Orchards, (2008)
    Author: Merwin I.A.

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Latest Spring blossom records for this variety

2017 season

  • 9th May  2017  - tree owned by Cheuk in AMSTERDAM, Netherlands

2016 season

  • 10th May  2016  - tree owned by Cheuk in AMSTERDAM, Netherlands

2014 season

  • April  2014  - tree owned by Amanda in CAHORS, France

2013 season

  • 25th May  2013  - tree owned by Jean in Martock, United Kingdom
  • 13th May  2013  - tree owned by Chris in OXFORD, United Kingdom

2011 season

  • 20th May  2011  - tree owned by Gina in MACCLESFIELD, United Kingdom
  • 22nd April  2011  - tree owned by John in MALVERN, United Kingdom
  • 14th April  2011  - tree owned by Stuart in BEDFORD, United Kingdom

2010 season

  • April  2010  - tree owned by Ian in PLAISANCE, France

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Latest harvest records for this variety

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          2011 season

          • 4th week September  2011  - tree owned by Gina in MACCLESFIELD, United Kingdom
          • 2nd week September  2011  - tree owned by Mark in PALO ALTO, United States

          2010 season

          • 1st week October  2010  - tree owned by Ian in PLAISANCE, France

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