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Belle de Boskoop apple tree

Belle de Boskoop
Belle de Boskoop has received the RHS Award of Garden MeritBelle de Boskoop is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Picking season: Late
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 3

Belle de Boskoop is a well-regarded 19th century apple, from the town of Boskoop in the Netherlands, and still grown commercially on a small scale in Europe.

It is a classic long-storing dual-purpose apple, versatile in the kitchen, and good for eating fresh if you like a sharper apple.

The relatively large apples are variable in colour, usually a functional green with orange or red flushes and some russeting. The pink and white spring blossom is pretty.

Belle de Boskoop apple trees for sale

Sorry we have not produced any trees of this variety this season.

    How to grow

    Belle de Boskoop is a vigorous-growing tree, with good disease-resistance, and producing large apples - typical of a triploid variety. It is therefore very easy to grow, but whilst it is readily pollinated by most other mid-bloom apple varieties, it will not cross-pollinate with them.

    The only real disadvantage of Belle de Boskoop is that it can be slow to come into bearing, particularly on the more vigorous rootstocks. However once it starts, cropping is generally good and regular, and it has the potential to be a long-lived tree.

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    Belle de Boskoop was raised in the town of Boskoop, Netherlands, in the 1850s by K.J.W Ottolander.

    Belle de Boskoop characteristics

    • Gardening skillAverage
    • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
    • Pollination group3
    • Pollinating othersPoor
    • Picking seasonLate
    • UsesEating freshCulinaryDual purpose
    • Keeping (of fruit)3 months or more
    • General resistanceGood
    • CankerSome resistance
    • ScabVery resistant
    • MildewSome resistance
    • Cold hardiness (USDA)Zone 4 (-34C)
    • Summer maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)Hot (>30C / 86F)Cold (< 20C / 67F)
    • Country of originNetherlands
    • Period of origin1850 - 1899
    • Flesh colourCream
    • Fruit colorGreen / RedOrange / RedRusset