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Oriole apple

Oriole is one of a number of apple varieties developed by the University of Minnesota in the first half of the 20th century.  A common characteristic of all these varieties is their ability to withstand the very cold conditions of a Minnesota winter.  Oriole is hardy down to zone 3, provided it is grown on a suitable rootstock (MM111 or M7 are popular).

Like all early-season apples Oriole does not keep, although it remains edible for a week after picking - but best kept in a refrigerator.  The flavour is lightly acidic, fairly bland but pleasantly juicy, and fairly crisp for an early apple.  It is generally regarded as a dual-purpose eating/cooking apple.

Oriole identification photos

UK National Fruit Collection
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Tree register

United States

Spring blossom records for this variety

2012 season

  • 20th April  2012  - tree owned by Chuck in Worthington, United States

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Harvest records for this variety

2015 season

  • July  2015  - tree owned by Roger in Madison Heights, United States


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Yellow Transparent x Liveland Raspberry
  • Originates from: Minnesota, United States
  • Introduced: 1949
  • Developed by: University of Minnesota
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1570
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1951-067


  • Fruit colour: Green


  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Uses: Cooking
  • Flavour quality: Average
  • Flavour style: Sharper
  • Harvest period: Early season
  • Use / keeping: 1-3 days


  • Cropping: Good Some correspondents say it is a heavy-cropping variety, others say it is light.
  • Flowering period: Mid season
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Slightly large
  • Gardening skill: Very easy
  • General disease resistance: Poor


  • Climate suitability: Temperate climates
  • Climate suitability: Tolerates cold winters

Offspring of this variety

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