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Rubinola apple

Modern apple breeders are increasingly managing to develop new varieties which are both disease-resistant and have a good flavor.

In Europe scab-resistance is a major issue for growers, and Rubinola is a typical modern variety which incorporates a gene for scab-resistance, usually achieved by including crab apples such as Malus floribunda in the parentage.  However scab-resistant does not mean scab-proof, and the single gene may be overcome by the scab organism in real-world conditions.

Rubinola has a good sweet/sharp flavor.  The flesh is crisp but with a light texture, and is easy to eat.  The skin can develop a slight greasy sheen, but this is not noticeable when eating.  Slices do not oxidise (brown) when cut.

Last updated 10 Oct 2018.

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Current rating: 4.1 out of 5. Total votes cast: 7

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09 Oct 2018 
Looks nice, good flavour, but it is a tip bearer, definately not a spur bearer which makes it a bit more tricky to grow. Not a heavy cropper so far, tree is about 6 years old on M26. Very nice ornamental flowers in spring, but as said before can't be pruned to shape very easily due to tip bearing.

10 Apr 2016 
This apple has a very special taste, at least to me. The flavour has a hint of elder and apple-flower honey. Very special taste. But I guess that it depends on the spread to boot. I also had a special taste experience with the Altess apple. It is sour but at the same time it is sweet too. Very different from what I'm used to with apples.

22 Sep 2013 
I have found Rubinola a delightful apple -- a very nice light and juicy texture and a delicious sweet flavour

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A mid-season disease-resistant variety from the Czech Republic, with a very good flavor.


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Prima x Rubin
  • Originates from: Czech Republic
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1886


  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Flavour quality: Very good
  • Flavour style: Sweet/Sharp
  • Harvest period: Mid-Late season
  • Use / keeping: 1-2 months


  • Cropping: Good
  • Flowering period: Mid season
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Slightly large
  • Bearing regularity: Regular
  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Fruit bearing: Tip-bearer
  • General disease resistance: Good
  • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999


  • Scab  - Very resistant
  • Mildew  - Some resistance

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Latest Spring blossom records for this variety

2018 season

  • 25th April  2018  - tree owned by Cheuk in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 25th April  2018  - tree owned by Cheuk in Amsterdam, Netherlands

2017 season

  • 20th April  2017  - tree owned by Cheuk in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 20th April  2017  - tree owned by Cheuk in Amsterdam, Netherlands

2016 season

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

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Latest harvest records for this variety

2018 season

    2017 season

    • 3rd week September  2017  - tree owned by Cheuk in Amsterdam, Netherlands
    • 3rd week August  2017  - tree owned by Cheuk in Amsterdam, Netherlands

    2016 season

    • 3rd week September  2016  - tree owned by Cheuk in Amsterdam, Netherlands

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