Orleans Reinette apple trees

Orleans Reinette
  • Picking season: Late
  • Uses: Eating fresh
  • Uses: Cooking
  • Keeping (of fruit): 2-3 weeks
  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 4

Orleans Reinette is an old French late-season apple variety, first recorded in the 18th century. It is very different from modern apples, being firm rather than crisp to the bite.

However it has remained quietly popular in both Europe and North America on account of its rich old-fashioned flavor.

Orleans Reinette apple trees for sale

Mature height*
1-year Orleans Reinette apple trees bare-root
G.16 rootstock
Small (6ft-9ft) mature height

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

How to grow

Orleans Reinette is a fairly light cropper and grows best in areas with dry climates.

In cooler zones flowering can occur over quite a long period which makes it difficult to assign Orleans Reinette to a specific flowering group, but it basically flowers in the mid/late blossom season and will therefore be pollinated by most other apple varieties.

Historical details

Orleans Reinette originates from France in the 18th century.

Orleans Reinette characteristics


  • Picking season: Late
  • Uses: Eating fresh Cooking
  • Cropping: Light
  • Keeping (of fruit): 2-3 weeks
  • Flavor quality: Very good
  • Flavor style (apples): Aromatic
  • Cooking result: Keeps shape
  • Discoloring: Oxidising
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening


  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 4
  • Pollinating others: Poor
  • Ploidy: Triploid
  • Vigour: Average vigour
  • Bearing regularity: Biennial tendency
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer

Disease resistance

  • General resistance: Average
  • Scab: Very susceptible


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


  • Country of origin: France
  • Period of origin: 1750 - 1799
  • Fruit color: Orange flush