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Berner Rosen apple

Malus domestica
Berner Rosen

Berner Rosen, or Rose de Berne, was raised in the late 19th century in Oppligen, near the city of Bern.

It is an attractive medium-sized green apple, almost entirely covered with a deep orange / red flush, flecked with dots.

The flesh is firm and fine-grained, and the flavor is rich and aromatic.

Berner Rosen apple identification images

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  • Berner Rosen
  • Berner Rosen

USDA identification images for Berner Rosen

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
    • Parentage: Unknown
    • Originates from: Switzerland
    • Introduced: 1888
    • Developed by: Mr Daepp, a nurseryman from Oppligen, Switzerland
    • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1947-067
    • Some historical details taken with kind permission from 'The New Book of Apples' by Joan Morgan and Alison Richards , illustrated by Elisabeth Dowle, published by Ebury Press, 2002.


    • Country of origin: Switzerland
    • Period of origin: 1850 - 1899
    • Fruit colour: Orange flush
    • Fruit colour: Red / Green
    • Annual cycle: Deciduous
    • Flowering duration: Average (2-3 weeks)
    • Flesh colour: White
    • Fruit size: Average
    • Fruit shape: Round
    • Alleles: 1
    • Alleles: 2
    • Flesh colour: Light green / Yellow


    • Picking season: Early
    • Flavour quality: Very good
    • Flavour style (apples): Sweeter
    • Flavour style (apples): Aromatic
    • Discoloration of fruit: Very oxidising (browns quickly)
    • Cropping: Good
    • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening
    • Food uses: Eating fresh
    • Food uses: Juice
    • Picking month: August
    • Wildlife: RHS Plants for Pollinators


    • Flowering group: 3
    • Pollinating others: Average
    • Ploidy: Diploid
    • Vigour: Vigorous
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile


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

    Other qualities

    • Fire blight: Some susceptibility

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