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Reinette Grise du Canada apple

Reinette Grise du Canada is a popular French russet apple.  Its origins are not clear - it is possibly a sport of Reinette du Canada, but this is not certain.  The main difference is that the Reinette Grise has a far more complete russeted skin, whereas Reinette du Canada usually has only partial russeting.

The more consistent russeting means that the Reinette Grise is more widely grown commercially, and is the form most likely to be seen in French supermarkets, where confusingly it is usually sold as "Canada".  Like Reinette du Canada, Reinette Grise du Canada is a mainstay of French apple cookery.  Its spicy flavour and consistency when cooked also make it ideal for apple strudel.

Eaten fresh it has the sweet flavour typical of many russet apples.

Reinette Grise du Canada identification photos

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Visitor reviews

  • 17 Jan 2015  Matt G.,  UT, United States
    Thanks Dave! That's good to know that they are different. I grafted a pomme grise last year and will be grafting a reinette grise this year.
  • 24 Jun 2014  Dave Liezen,  WASHINGTON, United States
    Matt g: Pomme Grise is an entirely different apple: smaller, heavily productive, no triploid and often used fresh or in cider. Its use as a cooker I have not yet heard. I look forward to growing PG soon.
  • 15 Feb 2013  Matt G.,  UT, United States
    Is this apple also called Pomme Grise? Pomme Grise is from Canada and is closely linked with Reinette Grise.
  • 14 May 2012  Brian,  DEVON, United Kingdom
    Our small orchard is on a windy site with clay soil and high rainfall - not ideal! Eight years ago I planted R G du C on M9 rootstock, staked low down. Fairly soon I observed canker, first on a branch, then on the trunk where the tree tie was. Also some fruit damage by magpies. I spared the tree and had 5 years of wonderful fruit, though I'll have to dig it up soon. This apple, 100% russeted, is the best cooker I have ever tasted. It keeps its shape when baked (you can peel the skin off after cooking). Also great stewed - doesn't need much sugar. I would recommend MM106 rootstock, unstaked for this variety. And probably not try to grow it in areas of high rainfall!

Tree register




  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1599
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1956-065


  • Fruit colour: Yellow / Gold
  • Flesh colour: White to Cream, pale yellow
  • Flesh colour: White to Greenish to Greenish Yellow
  • Fruit size: Variable
  • Fruit size: Very large
  • Fruit size: Medium
  • Fruit size: Large
  • Fruit shape: Round
  • Fruit shape: Round-conical
  • Fruit shape: Conical
  • Fruit shape: Oblong-conical
  • Fruit shape: Oblong
  • Bultitude apple group: 8. Russeted, sweet


  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Uses: Cooking
  • Uses: Drying
  • Cooking result: Textured puree
  • Flavour quality: Very good
  • Flavour style: Sweeter
  • Flavour style: Sweet/Sharp
  • Harvest period: Late season
  • Use / keeping: 1-2 months


  • Cropping: Good
  • Flowering period: Mid-Late season
  • Flowering group: 4
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Ploidy: Triploid
  • Pollinating others: Poor
  • Vigour: Large
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer


  • Climate suitability: Temperate climates

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