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Belle-Fleur Large Mouche apple

Malus domestica
Belle-Fleur Large Mouche

The origins of this culinary apple are uncertain. It is well-known as Large Mouche or Belle Fleur Large Mouche in Belgium, and as Lanscailler in northern France.

The apples are quite large, with a flattened lumpy shape. The skin is usually green or yellow/green, covered with an orange flush which can become dark red.  They have a bland juicy flavor.

The apples are ready to harvest in late September / early October and store well.

Belle Fleur Large Mouche is easy to grow and not prone to disease.

Also known as

  • Belle-Fleur Large Mouche
  • Lanscahire

Belle-Fleur Large Mouche apple identification images

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  • Lanscailler
  • Lanscailler

USDA identification images for Belle-Fleur Large Mouche

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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    We don't have any registered trees for this variety yet. If you have a Belle-Fleur Large Mouche tree you can register it here.


    • Species: Malus domestica - Apple
    • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1948-595


    • Country of origin: Belgium
    • Country of origin: France
    • Period of origin: 1900 - 1949
    • Fruit colour: Green / Red
    • Fruit colour: Green / Yellow
    • Annual cycle: Deciduous
    • Flowering duration: Average (2-3 weeks)
    • Flesh colour: White
    • Fruit size: Large
    • Fruit shape: Flat-round


    • Picking season: Late
    • Keeping (of fruit): 3 months or more
    • Flavour quality: Average
    • Flavour style (apples): Sweet/Sharp
    • Cropping: Good
    • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening
    • Food uses: Culinary
    • Food uses: Traditional cooker
    • Picking month: September
    • Picking period: late September
    • Picking period: early October
    • Wildlife: RHS Plants for Pollinators


    • Flowering group: 3
    • Pollinating others: Poor
    • Ploidy: Triploid
    • Vigour: Vigorous
    • Bearing regularity: Regular
    • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
    • Organic culture: Suitable


    • Climate suitability: Temperate climates
    • Cold-hardiness: Cold-hardy

    Other qualities

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

    Where to buy trees

    The following tree nurseries offer Belle-Fleur Large Mouche apple trees for sale:

    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.