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Orleans Reinette apple tree

Orleans Reinette

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

  • Small 1-year bare-root tree $29.00
    Mature height: 6ft-9ft after 10 years
    G.41 rootstock

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.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

Historical details

Orleans Reinette originates from France in the 18th century.

Orleans Reinette characteristics

  • Picking seasonLate
  • UsesEating freshCulinary
  • CroppingLight
  • Keeping (of fruit)2-3 weeks
  • Flavor style (apples)Aromatic
  • Cooking resultKeeps shape
  • Fruit persistenceNormal ripening
  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Pollination group4
  • Pollinating othersPoor
  • PloidyTriploid
  • VigourAverage vigour
  • Bearing regularityBiennial tendency
  • Fruit bearingSpur-bearer
  • General resistanceAverage
  • ScabVery susceptible
  • Cold hardiness (USDA)(4) -30F / -34C
  • Summer average maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)
  • Country of originFrance
  • Period of origin1750 - 1799
  • Fruit colorOrange flush