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Tydeman's Late Orange apple

When you have eaten all those other varieties you will still have a treat in store because this apple will keep right through to April. In December it is intensely rich and aromatic and quite sharp. It mellows later and sweetens and loses some of its scented quality but is still very good.

Tydeman's Late Orange identification images

USDA identification images for Tydeman's Late Orange

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.

    Parents and other ancestors of this variety

    Visitor reviews

    • 18 Sep 2016  BRITISH COLUMBIA, Canada
      This year 2016 my TLO is loaded! Semi-dwarf tree was planted 8 years ago. Definitely appears to be biennial. I thinned the fruit out this year taking off approx. 2-300 fruits leaving about 100. I have had to support the tree due to the weight of the fruit and thinness of branches. Two years ago I had branches shear off the tree due to the problem - I learned my lesson! Great eating apple - my wife thinks it one of the best flavoured apples she has tasted. Unfortunately so do the black bears that live around Squamish - question is can I leave them to fully ripen knowing once the bears can smell any overripe ones the tree will be stripped clean in a night. When does this apple fully ripen? (now Sep 17) Can it be stored and if so when should I pick?
    • 06 Oct 2015  NW VA, United States
      Just got first crop of TLO in NW VA. Complex tasty flavor, turning deeper red when fully ripe. Young tree did contract fireblight, had to do trunk renewal but doing great now. Not quite as good as King David for me in warm VA, but close.
    • 26 Jan 2013  WASHINGTON, United States
      I rate this just barely below the Karmijn. Great mix of sweet-tart. Large, crisp, and simply an outstanding eat. Only bought one apple and kicked myself for not getting an entire box! Just writing this is making me crave one.
    • 21 Oct 2011  WASHINGTON, United States
      Went to Jack Feil's orchard October 15, '11 and got some TLO. Wow, good size and wonderful flavor. Big enough to feed two out of hand. A definite choice for grafting onto one of my trees out back. Favor is brighter than King David, and every bit as complex.
    • 09 Dec 2010  WASHINGTON, United States
      Jack, I visited your fruit stand in October where I tasted my first Lady, Golden Russet, Karmijn de Sonnaville and a few others. Great stuff. When did TLO ripen this year? I want to find your stand again next year and try it.
    • 04 Nov 2010  WASHINGTON, United States
      size large,no russet, color is red, taste very good with a sweet/ tart balance, somewhat shy bi-annual bearing. Our location has hot summertime temperatures, is arid with a cool fall with spells of rain.
    • 13 Sep 2010  CAMBRIDGESHIRE, United Kingdom
      Tydeman's Late Orange is one of my best performers (Cambs, UK) - growing and fruiting well, without much attention. In this area, T.L.O. has better resistance to mildew than its late-keeping relative "Winston" and has slightly better resistance to scab damage to the fruits in my environment. T.L.O. has less leaf scab resistance and less canker resistance than Winston, so perhaps not so well suited as Winston in higher rainfall areas. T.L.O. also has a bit less pest resistance than Winston (has thinner skin than Winston; easier for pests to break the skin), but, like Winston, T.L.O. is very fertile so some losses to pests can be tolerated: the pests naturally "thin" the crop for you and the remaining apples reach a better size. Vigour is considerably greater than Winston and T.L.O produces quite long, slender branches that get thrown around by the wind. The fruit spurs of T.L.O are also quite brittle and are prone to breaking off under stress or in windy conditions. I consider the flavour of T.L.O. to be superior to Winston.
    • 25 Oct 2009  HARPERS FERRY, IA, United States
      Hi, I tasted this apple today and loved it!! I was wondering if it is a baking apple or if just an eating fresh apple? I agree with what you say about it.

    Tree register

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    Spring blossom records for this variety

    2012 season

    • 9th May  2012  - tree owned by James in Estacada, United States

    2011 season

    • 26th April  2011  - tree owned by Malcolm in Loughborough, United Kingdom

    2010 season

    • 15th October  2010  - tree owned by Mark in Rangiora, New Zealand
    • 28th April  2010  - tree owned by N. in Cambridge, United Kingdom

    2009 season

    • 18th April  2009  - tree owned by N. in Cambridge, United Kingdom
    • April  2009  - tree owned by Malcolm in Loughborough, United Kingdom

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    Harvest records for this variety

    2013 season

    • 4th week April  2013  - tree owned by Katrina in Nelson, New Zealand

    2012 season

    • 3rd week November  2012  - tree owned by James in Estacada, United States

    2009 season

    • October  2009  - tree owned by N. in Cambridge, United Kingdom
    • October  2009  - tree owned by Malcolm in Loughborough, United Kingdom


    • Species: Malus domestica
    • Parentage: Laxton's Superb x Cox's Orange Pippin
    • Introduced: 1929 / 1945
    • Developed by: East Malling Research


    • Picking season: Late
    • Cropping: Good
    • Keeping (of fruit): 1-2 months
    • Flavor style (apples): Aromatic
    • Food uses: Eating fresh
    • Food uses: Juice
    • Discoloration of fruit: Oxidising


    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
    • Flowering group: 4
    • Ploidy: Diploid
    • Bearing regularity: Biennial tendency


    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)
    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)


    • Country of origin: United Kingdom
    • Period of origin: 1900 - 1949
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Fruit colour: Orange flush

    Where to buy trees

    The following tree nurseries offer Tydeman's Late Orange apple trees for sale:

    • Cummins Nursery
      United States  More >>

    Where to buy fresh fruit

    The following orchards grow Tydeman's Late Orange:

    United Kingdom



    • Apples for the 21st Century
      Author: Manhart
      Lists synonym as Tydeman's Late Cox
    • Fruit Expert
      Author: Hessayon

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