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Shenandoah apple

This apple variety takes its name from the Shenandoah valley, an apple-growing area of Virginia and West Virginia where it was first grown. In appearance it resembles the classic English apples of the 19th century, but its ancestry is all-American. Although Shenandoah was developed in the 1940s, it comes from traditional old American varieties, Winesap and Opalescent.

Like Opalescent, Shenandoah is a fairly large apple. When grown in the UK the flavour is sweet, with a slightly dry texture. In some ways it is quite similar to Kidds Orange Red, but without the full richness of that variety. It is perhaps not outstanding as a dessert apple, but versatile as a cooking apple - it keeps its shape when cooked, so for a really traditional American apple pie, Shenandoah is the ideal apple.

The Shenandoah Valley has a long history of apple growing, and there is an annual 6-day Apple Blossom Festival in the city of Winchester.

Shenandoah identification photos

UK National Fruit Collection
UK National Fruit Collection
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Harvest records for this variety

2015 season

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


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Opalescent
  • Originates from: United States
  • Introduced: 1940s
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1057
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1974-071


  • Flowering period: Mid season
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Ploidy: Diploid

Parents and other ancestors of this variety

Where to buy trees

The following tree nurseries offer Shenandoah apple trees for sale:

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Where to buy fresh fruit

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