Orange Pippin logo
All about apples, pears, plums, and cherries - and orchards where they are grown

Reinette Descardre apple

Reinette Descardre

Reinette Descardre is a good quality dessert apple. It is a late variety, ready for picking in late September, but unlike most late-season varieties it does not keep particularly well.

The apples have a firm flesh with a sweeet fruity flavor.

Reinette Descardre was raised in the 1820s by Benoit Descardre, a nurseryman from Chenee, near Liege in the French-speaking region of Wallonia in Belgium. It is found throughout Wallonia and also in neighbouring areas of northern France.

Reinette Descardre apple identification images

All images copyright Orange Pippin unless otherwise stated.

  • Reinette Descardre
  • Reinette Descardre
  • Reinette Descardre
  • Reinette Descardre

USDA identification images for Reinette Descardre

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.

    Visitor reviews

    Tree register

    We don't have any registered trees for this variety yet. If you have a Reinette Descardre tree you can register it here.


    • Species: Malus domestica - Apple
    • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1947-466


    • Country of origin: Belgium
    • Period of origin: 1800 - 1849
    • Fruit colour: Green / Yellow
    • Fruit colour: Orange flush
    • Fruit colour: Russet
    • Annual cycle: Deciduous
    • Flowering duration: Average (2-3 weeks)
    • Flesh colour: White
    • Fruit size: Large
    • Fruit shape: Conical


    • Picking season: Late
    • Keeping (of fruit): 1-2 months
    • Flavour quality: Good
    • Flavour style (apples): Sweeter
    • Cropping: Good
    • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening
    • Food uses: Eating fresh
    • Picking month: September
    • Picking period: late September
    • Wildlife: RHS Plants for Pollinators


    • Gardening skill: Average
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Pollinating others: Poor
    • Ploidy: Triploid
    • Vigour: Vigorous
    • 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
    • Canker: Some susceptibility
    • Scab (Apple and Pear): Some susceptibility
    • Powdery mildew: Some susceptibility

    Where to buy trees

    The following tree nurseries offer Reinette Descardre 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.

    Varieties you viewed