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Zabergau Reinette apple

Zabergau Reinette

Zabergau Reinette is a German russet apple.  It is larger than most russets, probably a result of its unusual triploid nature.

Zabergau Reinette has a rather sharp flavor and unyielding dense flesh when eaten straight from the tree, but is much sweeter after a month or so in a cold store.

The blossom is particularly attractive.

Zabergau Reinette apple identification images

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USDA identification images for Zabergau Reinette

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

    • 06 Oct 2015  NW VA, United States
      Got first crop in NW VA this year. Large apples, significant watercore that will hopefully resolve as the tree ages. Good but nothing close to Boskoop for a large European russet. Large beautiful triploid flowers. No fireblight.
    • 29 Apr 2013  WASHINGTON, United States
      My most favorite apple for my region. No bugs, no scab, regular heavy crop, vigorous on bud-9, Here in Western Washington-U.S. it has a window of perfection of 3-4 weeks. Goes soft in 1-2 months (but still juicy). A perfect varietal cider apple, like Staymen Winesap. Here average high summer Temp is 65 degrees, 1800 Growing Degree Days (GDD)
    • 02 Sep 2010  WASHINGTON, United States
      Yesterday repeated something I'd encountered in a website and realized it was anomolous: Checked with John Bultitude's book and found no mention of Zabergäu as a triploid.
    • 02 Sep 2010  WASHINGTON, United States
      Sounds like a worthy choice; also a triploid as is Belle de Boskoop. Does it bloom mid-season in Germany?
    • 08 Dec 2009  BADEN-WUERTTEMBERG, Germany
      The Zabergäu Renette is rather unlike a Pink Lady: more like a tart and spicy Russett apple. The best comparison might be the "Beauty of Boskoop" although the Zabergäu is sweeter in taste. Both Boskoop and Zabergäu are excellent for apple pies. It is resistant to all the apple diseases, a good cropper and keeps well into March.
    • 30 Sep 2008  TEXAS, United States
      Never tried one of these bad boys but they look quite interesting, the big question is can they live up to the legend which is a pink lady!

    Tree register

    United States



    Spring blossom records for this variety

    2014 season

    • 13th May  2014  - tree owned by Don in Twisp, United States

    2011 season

    • 20th April  2011  - tree owned by Frank in Cleebronn, Germany

    2009 season

    • 11th May  2009  - tree owned by Frank in Cleebronn, Germany
    • 19th April  2009  - tree owned by Gil in Snohomish, United States

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    Harvest records for this variety

    2015 season

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

    2009 season

    • 3rd week October  2009  - tree owned by Frank in Cleebronn, Germany
    • 2nd week October  2009  - tree owned by Gil in Snohomish, United States


    • Species: Malus domestica - Apple
    • Parentage: Unknown
    • Originates from: Germany
    • Introduced: 1885
    • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1951-055


    • Country of origin: Germany
    • Period of origin: 1850 - 1899
    • Fruit colour: Russet
    • Flower colour: White
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Popularity: Rarely grown
    • Annual cycle: Deciduous


    • Picking season: Late
    • Keeping (of fruit): 3 months or more
    • Flavour quality: Good
    • Flavour style (apples): Sweeter
    • Discoloration of fruit: Oxidising
    • Cropping: Heavy
    • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening
    • Food uses: Eating fresh
    • Food uses: Juice
    • Picking period: mid-October
    • Wildlife: RHS Plants for Pollinators


    • Gardening skill: Average
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Pollinating others: Poor
    • Ploidy: Triploid
    • Vigour: Average vigour
    • Bearing regularity: Regular
    • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
    • Attractive features: Attractive flowers
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile


    • Cold hardiness (USDA): Zone 4 (-34C)
    • Climate suitability: Temperate climates
    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)
    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)

    Other qualities

    • Disease resistance: Average

    Where to buy trees

    The following tree nurseries offer Zabergau Reinette apple trees for sale:

    Where to buy fresh fruit

    The following orchards grow Zabergau Reinette:

    United States



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