Blenheim Orange apple trees

Blenheim Orange apple tree
  • Pick: Late-season (early October)
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Uses: Eat fresh | Cookery 
  • Pollination partners

Blenheim Orange is a popular large English heritage apple variety, widely grown in gardens. It has the characteristic orange flush which is often associated with English apples. Although it can be eaten fresh, it is best considered a culinary apple, and it cooks to a stiff puree.

Blenheim Orange makes a good feature tree in a larger garden.

Blenheim Orange apple trees for sale

Deliveries start December 2018.

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity
Medium  (2.2m - 3m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - M26 rootstock 23.90 Sold outalert me
Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - MM106 rootstock 23.90
Full size  (5m+ after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - M25 rootstock 23.90

Delivery period: Trees are delivered between November and March. However it is best to order as soon as you can to ensure items are reserved for you. If you live in an area with very cold winters please let us know so that we can scheduled delivery for early spring.

*Mature size: Height shown is the approximate height of the tree when mature (after 5-10 years), not the height when supplied. Actual mature heights may vary considerably dependent on your local conditions and training and pruning regime.

Stock availability: Items showing as 'sold out' will probably be available again next season. Click here to be notified when we get more trees of this variety.

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Summary features of Blenheim Orange

Growing

  • Gardening skill: Some needed?
  • Cropping: Good
  • Fertility: Not self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 3?
  • Pollinating others: Poor?
  • Ploidy: Triploid?
  • Vigour: Very large?
  • Precocity: Slow to start bearing?
  • Bearing regularity: Biennial tendency?
  • Fruit bearing: Partial tip-bearer?
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening?
  • Attractive tree
  • Attractive fruit
  • Overall disease resistance: Average?
  • Long-lived: Yes?
  • Scab: Very resistant?
  • Mildew: Some resistance?
  • Bitter pit: Some resistance?

Uses

Identification

  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Period of origin: 1700 - 1749
  • Fruit colour: Orange flush
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Popularity: Best sellers?

Climate

  • Frost resistance: Susceptible?
  • Temperate climates
  • Cold hardiness: -20F / -29C?
  • Planting position: Tolerates partial shade

Pollination guide for Blenheim Orange

Blenheim Orange is in flowering group 3. Blenheim Orange is a triploid variety and cannot pollinate other varieties. It needs to be pollinated by another tree of a different variety nearby. You can either plant a self-fertile variety (which will pollinate itself and the Blenheim Orange) or you can plant two pollination partners which must each be of different varieties and able to cross-pollinate each other as well as the Blenheim Orange. If you need further advice on this just get in touch. Since it flowers in the middle of the blossom season it can be pollinated by most other apple trees.

How to grow Blenheim Orange apple trees

Blenheim Orange produces a large vigorous tree, with unusually dense wood. It is a triploid variety so it needs two separate pollinating apple trees nearby.

This is slow-growing long-lived variety which takes a while to get into its stride. Victorian author Hogg, writing at the end of the 19th century noted that Blenheim Orange noted, "... when it becomes a little aged, it bears regular and abundant crops".

Historical details

Blenheim Orange is believed to date back to early 18th century. It was discovered at Woodstock in Oxfordshire, and named after the nearby Blenheim Palace. The parentage is unknown.

Botanical name

Malus domestica 'Blenheim Orange'