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Florina apple tree

Florina is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Picking season: Late
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 4

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.


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How to grow

Florina was developed to be resistant to scab, and it also has some resistance to fireblight. It's a good choice if you want to produce apples under a "no spray" regime.

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.


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

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Pollination group4
  • Pollinating othersGood
  • Picking seasonLate
  • UsesEating fresh
  • Keeping (of fruit)3 months or more
  • General resistanceGood
  • FireblightSome resistance
  • ScabVery resistant
  • Cedar apple rustSome susceptibility
  • MildewSome resistance
  • Summer maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)
  • Country of originFrance
  • Period of origin1950 - 1999
  • Fruit colorOrange / 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.