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Jacques Lebel apple

Malus domestica
Jacques Lebel

This variety was developed around 1825 by Jacques Lebel, a nurseryman in the town of Amiens in northern France. It is quite widely grown in northern France.

The large flat-round apples are predominantly green, but often with an orange flush. They ripen in late August / early September, and can be used immediately or stored until Christmas.

The flesh is crisp, with a juicy sweet / sharp acidity and a high vitamin C content.

Jacques Lebel is primarily a cooking apple, with a notably high pectin content, and ideal for jams and preserves.

Also known as

  • Double des Vosges

Jacques Lebel apple identification images

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  • Jacques Lebel

USDA identification images for Jacques Lebel

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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    Spring blossom records for this variety

    2010 season

    • 28th April  2010  - tree owned by Johan in Gent, Belgium

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    Harvest records for this variety

    2009 season

    • November  2009  - tree owned by Johan in Gent, Belgium


    • Species: Malus domestica - Apple
    • Introduced: 1825
    • Developed by: Jacques Lebel, Amiens
    • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1949-110


    • Country of origin: France
    • Period of origin: 1800 - 1849
    • Fruit colour: Green - light
    • Fruit colour: Orange flush
    • Annual cycle: Deciduous
    • Flowering duration: Average (2-3 weeks)
    • Flesh colour: White
    • Fruit size: Large


    • Picking season: Mid
    • Keeping (of fruit): 1-2 months
    • Flavour quality: Very good
    • Flavour style (apples): Sharper
    • Cooking result: Puree
    • Juice style: Sharper
    • Vitamin C content: High
    • Cropping: Heavy
    • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening
    • Food uses: Culinary
    • Food uses: Juice
    • Food uses: Traditional cooker
    • Picking month: September
    • Picking period: late August
    • Picking period: early September
    • Wildlife: RHS Plants for Pollinators


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


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

    Other qualities

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

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