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Rubinola apple

Modern apple breeders are increasingly managing to develop new varieties which are both disease-resistant and have a good flavor.

In Europe scab-resistance is a major issue for growers, and Rubinola is a typical modern variety which incorporates a gene for scab-resistance, usually achieved by including crab apples such as Malus floribunda in the parentage.  However scab-resistant does not mean scab-proof, and the single gene may be overcome by the scab organism in real-world conditions.

Rubinola has a good sweet/sharp flavor.  The flesh is crisp but with a light texture, and is easy to eat.  The skin can develop a slight greasy sheen, but this is not noticeable when eating.  Slices do not oxidise (brown) when cut.

Visitor reviews

  • 09 Oct 2018  Frank,  CORNWALL, United Kingdom
    Looks nice, good flavour, but it is a tip bearer, definately not a spur bearer which makes it a bit more tricky to grow. Not a heavy cropper so far, tree is about 6 years old on M26. Very nice ornamental flowers in spring, but as said before can't be pruned to shape very easily due to tip bearing.
  • 10 Apr 2016  Samuel,  KENT, United Kingdom
    This apple has a very special taste, at least to me. The flavour has a hint of elder and apple-flower honey. Very special taste. But I guess that it depends on the spread to boot. I also had a special taste experience with the Altess apple. It is sour but at the same time it is sweet too. Very different from what I'm used to with apples.
  • 22 Sep 2013  Patrick Lydon,  KILKENNY, Ireland
    I have found Rubinola a delightful apple -- a very nice light and juicy texture and a delicious sweet flavour

Tree register

United Kingdom





Spring blossom records for this variety

2018 season

  • 25th April  2018  - tree owned by Cheuk in Amsterdam, Netherlands

2017 season

  • 20th April  2017  - tree owned by Cheuk in Amsterdam, Netherlands

2016 season

  • 10th May  2016  - tree owned by Cheuk in Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Harvest records for this variety

2017 season

  • 3rd week September  2017  - tree owned by Cheuk in Amsterdam, Netherlands

2016 season

  • 3rd week September  2016  - tree owned by Cheuk in Amsterdam, Netherlands


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Prima x Rubin
  • Originates from: Czech Republic
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1886


  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Flavour quality: Very good
  • Flavour style: Sweet/Sharp
  • Harvest period: Mid-Late season
  • Use / keeping: 1-2 months


  • Cropping: Good
  • Flowering period: Mid season
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Slightly large
  • Bearing regularity: Regular
  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Fruit bearing: Tip-bearer
  • General disease resistance: Good
  • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999

Parents and other ancestors of this variety


  • Scab  - Very resistant
  • Mildew  - Some resistance

Where to buy fresh fruit

United States

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