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Zabergau Reinette apple

Zabergau Reinette is a German russet apple.  It is larger than most russets, probably a result of its unusual triploid nature.

Zabergau Reinette has a rather sharp flavor and unyielding dense flesh when eaten straight from the tree, but is much sweeter after a month or so in a cold store.

The blossom is particularly attractive.

Last updated 18 Jun 2011.

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Current rating: 3.8 out of 5. Total votes cast: 6

Visitor comments

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06 Oct 2015 
Got first crop in NW VA this year. Large apples, significant watercore that will hopefully resolve as the tree ages. Good but nothing close to Boskoop for a large European russet. Large beautiful triploid flowers. No fireblight.

29 Apr 2013 
My most favorite apple for my region. No bugs, no scab, regular heavy crop, vigorous on bud-9, Here in Western Washington-U.S. it has a window of perfection of 3-4 weeks. Goes soft in 1-2 months (but still juicy). A perfect varietal cider apple, like Staymen Winesap. Here average high summer Temp is 65 degrees, 1800 Growing Degree Days (GDD)

02 Sep 2010 
Yesterday repeated something I'd encountered in a website and realized it was anomolous: Checked with John Bultitude's book and found no mention of Zabergäu as a triploid.

02 Sep 2010 
Sounds like a worthy choice; also a triploid as is Belle de Boskoop. Does it bloom mid-season in Germany?

08 Dec 2009 
The Zabergäu Renette is rather unlike a Pink Lady: more like a tart and spicy Russett apple. The best comparison might be the "Beauty of Boskoop" although the Zabergäu is sweeter in taste. Both Boskoop and Zabergäu are excellent for apple pies. It is resistant to all the apple diseases, a good cropper and keeps well into March.

30 Sep 2008 
Never tried one of these bad boys but they look quite interesting, the big question is can they live up to the legend which is a pink lady!

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German russet-style apple, but sharper than Egremont Russet, tastes of nettles when straight from the tree. Keeps for 3-4 months.

Zabergau Reinette phototape


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Unknown
  • Originates from: Germany
  • Introduced: 1885
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1178
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1951-055


  • Fruit colour: Green
  • Bultitude apple group: 8. Russeted, sweet


  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Uses: Cooking
  • Flavour quality: Good
  • Flavour style: Sweet/Sharp
  • Use / keeping: 3 months or more


  • Cropping: Good
  • Flowering period: Mid season
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Ploidy: Triploid
  • Pollinating others: Poor
  • Vigour: Average growth
  • Attractive features: Attractive blossom
  • General disease resistance: Good


  • Climate suitability: Temperate climates

References and further reading about this variety

Zabergau Reinette identification photos from official fruit collections

UK National Fruit Collection

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UK National Fruit Collection

Zabergau Reinette identification photos from website visitors

Zabergau Reinette
Zabergau Reinette

Copyright: Dr. Frank Hofmann

Zabergau Reinette
Zabergau Reinette

Copyright: Dr. Frank Hofmann

Zabergau Reinette
Zabergau Reinette

Copyright: Dr. Frank Hofmann

Zabergau Reinette blossom
Zabergau Reinette blossom

Copyright: Dr. Frank Hofmann

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Latest Spring blossom records for this variety

2014 season

  • 13th May  2014  - tree owned by Don in Twisp, United States

2011 season

  • 20th April  2011  - tree owned by Frank in Cleebronn, Germany

2009 season

  • 11th May  2009  - tree owned by Frank in Cleebronn, Germany
  • 19th April  2009  - tree owned by Gil in Snohomish, United States

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Latest harvest records for this variety

2014 season

    2011 season

      2009 season

      • 3rd week October  2009  - tree owned by Frank in Cleebronn, Germany
      • 2nd week October  2009  - tree owned by Gil in Snohomish, United States

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