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Directeur Lesage apple

Directeur Lesage

Directeur Lesage is sweet/sharp flavored early-season eating apple variety originating from Belgium and northern France.

This variety is also known as Precoce de Wirwignes - "precoce" meaning early-season.

The apples have a distinctive ribbed green / yellow appearance., with red / orange flecks, and are normally picked in mid-August.

Also known as

  • Precoce de Wirwignes

Directeur Lesage apple identification images

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USDA identification images for Directeur Lesage

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: 1949-202


    • Country of origin: Belgium
    • Country of origin: France
    • Fruit colour: Green / Yellow
    • Fruit colour: Red striped
    • Annual cycle: Deciduous
    • Flesh colour: White
    • Fruit size: Average


    • Picking season: Early
    • Keeping (of fruit): 1-3 days
    • Flavour quality: Very good
    • Flavour style (apples): Sweet/Sharp
    • Cropping: Heavy
    • Fruit persistence: Ripens over a period
    • Food uses: Eating fresh
    • Picking month: August
    • Picking period: early August
    • Wildlife: RHS Plants for Pollinators


    • Gardening skill: Beginner
    • Flowering group: 2
    • Pollinating others: Average
    • Ploidy: Diploid
    • Vigour: Weak growing
    • Bearing regularity: Regular
    • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile


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

    Other qualities

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

    Where to buy trees

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    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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