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Belle Fleur de France apple

Malus domestica
Belle Fleur de France

Belle Fleur de France is a traditional dual-purpose apple variety, found widely across the north of France and the French-speaking area of Belgium (Wallonia).

The large green apples have a red flush, and ripen in late September or early October. They are versatile, and can be eaten fresh or used in the kitchen for apple tarts and preserves. This is also a particuarly good variety for juicing.

Also known as

  • Belle Fleur Double
  • Double Bon Pommier
  • Double Bonne Ente
  • Grosse Bonne Ente

Belle Fleur de France apple identification images

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  • Belle Fleur de France
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USDA identification images for Belle Fleur de France

The identification paintings in the USDA Pomological Watercolor Collection span the years 1886 to 1942.

    Citation: U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection. Rare and Special Collections, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD 20705.

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    • Species: Malus domestica - Apple
    • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1948-592


    • Country of origin: Belgium
    • Country of origin: France
    • Fruit colour: Green / Red
    • Annual cycle: Deciduous
    • Flesh colour: Cream
    • Fruit size: Large


    • Picking season: Late
    • Keeping (of fruit): 1-2 months
    • Flavour quality: Good
    • Flavour style (apples): Sweet/Sharp
    • Cropping: Good
    • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening
    • Food uses: Eating fresh
    • Food uses: Culinary
    • Food uses: Juice
    • Food uses: Dual purpose
    • Picking month: September
    • Picking period: late September
    • Wildlife: RHS Plants for Pollinators


    • Gardening skill: Average
    • Flowering group: 4
    • Pollinating others: Poor
    • Ploidy: Triploid
    • Vigour: Vigorous
    • Bearing regularity: Regular
    • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
    • Organic culture: Suitable
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile

    Other qualities

    • Disease resistance: Average
    • Scab (Apple and Pear): Some resistance
    • Canker: Some susceptibility
    • Powdery mildew: Some susceptibility

    Where to buy fresh fruit

    No orchards have registered as growing this variety. If you grow this and want to register please go to our Orchard Registration form.

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