Snow Apple / Fameuse apple trees

Snow Apple / Fameuse
  • Picking season: Late
  • Uses: Eating fresh
  • Uses: Juice
  • Keeping (of fruit): 1-2 months
  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 2

Fameuse is one of the oldest apples originating in Canada, with a history dating back to the early 18th century in Quebec, and probably much older.

It is also known as the Snow Apple, and as the name suggests, is a hardy variety, and very well-suited to the north country.

Fameuse has distinctive bright white soft flesh, with a sweet wine-like flavor. It is the probable parent of McIntosh, and the crimson skin, white flesh, and sweet flavor are characteristics of most of its descendants.

Snow Apple / Fameuse apple trees for sale

Mature height*
1-year Snow Apple / Fameuse apple trees bare-root
Medium (8ft-12ft) mature height
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How to grow

Fameuse is one of the hardiest of all apple varieties, and a good choice for all northern states. It is susceptible to scab but very resistant to most other apple diseases.

The main horticultural challenge is its tendency to lapse into biennial bearing - fruiting in alternate years. This can sometimes be prevented by heavy thinning of the fruitlets in the "on" year.

Historical details

Fameuse is strongly associated with the French-speaking province of Quebec, and it is thought it was raised from seedlings brought over by early French settlers to Canada. It is known to have been planted in the USA by the 1730s.

Whilst it is an interesting variety in its own right, Fameuse is perhaps best known as the probable parent of the popular McIntosh apple variety. It is therefore at the head of one of the most important apple pedigrees, with dozens of descendants, many of them commercially important varieties.

Fameuse is widely known in English-speaking areas as the Snow Apple, reflecting its ability to thrive in northern climates.

Snow Apple / Fameuse characteristics


  • Picking season: Late
  • Uses: Eating fresh Juice
  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Keeping (of fruit): 1-2 months
  • Flavor quality: Good
  • Flavor style (apples): Vinous
  • Fruit persistence: Ripens over a period


  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 2
  • Pollinating others: Average
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Average vigour
  • Bearing regularity: Biennial tendency
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer


  • Disease resistance: Good
  • Canker: Some resistance
  • Fireblight: Some resistance
  • Mildew: Very resistant
  • Scab: Very susceptible


  • Cold hardiness (USDA): (4) -30F / -34C
  • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20C - 24C / 68F - 75F)


  • Country of origin: Canada
  • Period of origin: 1650 - 1699
  • Fruit color: Crimson