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Calville Blanc apple trees

  • Pick: Late-season
  • Flowering group: 4
  • Uses: Cookery | Juicing | Cider 

Calville Blanc is one of the world's great cooking apples, noted for its distinctive sharp spicy flavor.

It is an ancient French variety, which crossed the Atlantic early in the history of the New World and soon gained a following amongst discerning North American apple enthusiasts. It is not the best looking apple, but you grow this one for the kitchen not for the fruit bowl - it is a cooking apple of the highest quality.

Calville Blanc keeps its shape when cooked. If sliced thinly it can be used for the classic French "tarte aux pommes" - as found in the window of any French patisserie shop. If cut into small pieces it cooks down into a thick textured puree with a superb rich aromatic flavor. It does not keep long, and is best used within a month or so of picking.

Like many good culinary apples, Calville Blanc produces a good juice with a sharp but balanced flavor. Calville Blanc is noted for its high vitamin C content.

Shipping starts in March 2015.

Calville Blanc apple trees for sale

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity
Small  (6ft - 9ft after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - G.11 rootstock  (dwarf) $29.00 Sold outalert me
Large  (9ft - 12ft after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - G.30 rootstock  (semi-vigorous) $29.00 Sold outalert me

Delivery discounts. Prices are for individual trees excluding delivery. There is no minimum quantity but it is cost effective to order in multiples of 4 trees.

Delivery period: Trees are delivered in March and April. However it is best to order as soon as you can to ensure items are reserved for you. If you live in a warm zone (e.g. Southern California, Alabama etc.) Fall delivery is possible. More details on our spring shipping schedule by state.

*Mature size: Height shown is the approximate height of the tree when mature (after 5-10 years), not the height when supplied. Actual mature heights may vary considerably dependent on your local conditions and training and pruning regime - see our Tree Height Calculator.

Stock availability: Items showing as 'sold out' will probably be available again next season. Click here to be notified when we get more trees of this variety.

Summary features of Calville Blanc

    Growing

  • Gardening skill: Average?
  • Cropping: Good
  • Fertility: Not self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 4?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Average growth?
  • Precocity: Precocious?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer?
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening?
  • Attractive blossom
  • Overall disease resistance: Average?
  • Cedar apple rust: Some susceptibility?

    Uses

  • Picking season: Late?
  • Use / keeping: 1-2 months?
  • Flavour quality: Exceptional?
  • Flavour style: Aromatic
  • Good for cooking
  • Good for juice
  • Good for hard cider
  • Cooking result: Keeps shape
  • Drying / Discoloring: No discolor / Good for drying?

    Identification

  • Country of origin: France
  • Period of origin: 1550 - 1599
  • Fruit colour: Green - light
  • Blossom colour: Pink - light
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Popularity: Best sellers?

    Climate

  • Temperate climates
  • USDA Zone 4: Yes
  • USDA Zone 5: Yes
  • USDA Zone 6: Yes
  • USDA Zone 7: Yes
  • Cold hardiness: -30F / -34C?


Pollination guide for Calville Blanc

Calville Blanc is in flowering group 4. Calville Blanc is self-sterile and needs to be pollinated by another tree of a different variety nearby.

How to grow Calville Blanc apple trees

Calville Blanc can be grown successfully in most of the apple-growing regions of the USA. It bears fruit from an early age. In cooler regions it should be planted in a sunny location.

When grown in Europe Calville Blanc is considered a tree of slightly weak vigor but many growers in the USA find it relatively more vigorous - however in either case cropping is generally good though not spectacular.



Historical details

Thought to have originated from Normandie in France in the early 1600s, but rapidly gained a following in England and North America.

Also known as Calville Blanc d'Hiver - translation means "the white winter apple".


Botanical name

Malus domestica 'Calville Blanc'




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