Orleans Reinette apple trees

Orleans Reinette
  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Picking season: Late
  • Keeping (of fruit): 2-3 weeks
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 4
  • Uses: Eating fresh
  • Uses: Cooking

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.

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

Using

  • Picking season: Late
  • Uses: Eating fresh Cooking
  • Cropping: Light
  • Keeping (of fruit): 2-3 weeks
  • Flavor style (apples): Aromatic
  • Cooking result: Keeps shape
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening

Growing

  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 4
  • Pollinating others: Poor
  • Ploidy: Triploid
  • Vigour: Average vigour
  • Bearing regularity: Biennial tendency
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer

Disease resistance

  • General resistance: Average
  • Scab: Very susceptible

Climate

  • Cold hardiness (USDA): (4) -30F / -34C
  • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20C - 24C / 68F - 75F) Warm (25C - 30C / 76F - 85F)

Identification

  • Country of origin: France
  • Period of origin: 1750 - 1799
  • Fruit color: Orange flush