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Freiherr von Berlepsch apple tree

Freiherr Von Berlepsch
Freiherr von Berlepsch is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Picking season: Late
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 3

This 19th century German apple variety is a good quality dessert eating apple.

It is known particularly for its pineapple-like flavor, although the intensity of this can vary considerably.

The apples also keep well, and have a high Vitamin C content when first picked.

Freiherr von Berlepsch apple trees for sale

You can pre-order for spring 2025

  • Semi-dwarf 1-year bare-root tree $37.95
    Mature height: 8ft-12ft after 10 years
    Semi-dwarf rootstock
    Out of stock

How to grow

Freiherr von Berlepsch is very susceptible to fireblight. It is also prone to canker and the blossom is not frost-resistant. So this is not an easy apple to grow, but enthusiasts will persevere because of its remarkable flavor.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.


Freiherr von Berlepsch is a cross of two classic European varieties, Ribston Pippin from England and Ananas Reinette from the Netherlands - the latter is also known for its pineapple flavor.

It was developed in the area of North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany in the 1880s, and is still grown there on a small scale.

Freiherr von Berlepsch characteristics

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Pollination group3
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • Picking seasonLate
  • UsesEating freshJuice
  • Keeping (of fruit)1-2 months
  • General resistancePoor
  • FireblightVery susceptible
  • CankerSome susceptibility
  • Summer maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)
  • Country of originGermany
  • Period of origin1850 - 1899
  • Flesh colourWhite
  • Fruit colorOrange flush