Florina apple trees

  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners
  • Picking season: Late
  • Keeping (of fruit): 3 months or more
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 4
  • Uses: Eating fresh

Florina is a modern scab-resistant apple variety. Although developed in France, its parentage is primarily American, being derived from Jonathan crossed with Golden Delicious and Rome Beauty among others.

The apples are very attractive and tend to stay on the tree, allowing picking over an extended period - or you can leave a few as food for wildlife into early winter.

Florina apple trees for sale

Mature height*
1-year Florina apple trees bare-root
Small (6ft-9ft) mature height
Out of stock
1-year Florina apple trees bare-root
G.214 rootstock
Medium (8ft-12ft) mature height

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

How to grow

Florina was developed to be resistant to scab. It also has some resistance to fireblight.

Florina is a fairly vigorous variety, and heavy cropping. It produces a lot of blossom and is a good pollinator for many other varieties.

The apples ripen about 2 weeks after Golden Delicious and before Granny Smith (both of which are good polinators for Florina).

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

Historical details

Developed at the Institute National de Recherche Agronomique, near Angers, France during the 1970s. Also known as Florina Querina. It is closely related to Jonathan, and inherits many of that variety's well-balanced flavors.

Florina characteristics


  • Picking season: Late
  • Uses: Eating fresh
  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Keeping (of fruit): 3 months or more
  • Flavor style (apples): Sharper
  • Fruit persistence: Persistent


  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 4
  • Pollinating others: Good
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Vigorous
  • Precocity: Precocious
  • Bearing regularity: Regular
  • Fruit bearing: Partial tip-bearer
  • Organic culture: Suitable

Disease resistance

  • General resistance: Good
  • Cedar apple rust: Some susceptibility
  • Fireblight: Some resistance
  • Mildew: Some resistance
  • Scab: Very resistant
  • Woolly aphid: Some resistance


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


  • Country of origin: France
  • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999
  • Fruit color: Orange / Red

Similar varieties

  • See also GoldRush
    GoldRush is a modern disease-resistant apple, like Golden Delicious but with a better tart/sweet balance. It is also one of the best new hard-cider varieties.
  • See also Jonathan
    One of the best-flavored US apple varieties, a good choice for the backyard orchard.
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