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

Item
Mature height*
Price
Quantity
1-year Snow Apple / Fameuse apple trees bare-root
M.7 rootstock
Medium (8ft-12ft) mature height
$29.00

We are between seasons at the moment. You can pre-order trees now for delivery when the new season starts (fall for warmer zones, or next spring), you won't be asked to pay until nearer the time.

*Find out more about the apple rootstocks we use to control the mature height.


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

Using

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

Growing

  • 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

Problems

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

Climate

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

Identification

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