An attractive, highly disease-resistant apple, ideal for organic growers.
Rubinette Apple Scionwood (Spring 2023)
A high quality Cox's Orange Pippin progeny for warm climates. Also known as Rafzubin.
The most notable feature of this tree is its adaptability to a wide range of climates; Rubinette can be grown in zones 4-9, and fruit quality will not suffer in hot, continental summers. This means you can grow a Cox's-style apple in southern California! The tree is squat and spreading (basitonic), and slow to bear. Growers should be patient, as the quality of the apple will continue to improve as the tree matures. Thinning is also important, as these trees will produce significantly smaller fruit if the crop is not managed. Rubinette is susceptible to fireblight, powdery mildew, and scab.
This is a small apple that is a light, dull red striped over a yellow background. It has the look and flavor of an antique, but many critics have gone further and described it as the best, the tastiest, the most wonderfulest apple they have ever eaten. It is true that the flavor is aromatic and citric, rounded by notes of vanilla and almond. But whether it is the best of the many Cox's progeny is debatable, and your answer will probably depend on where you live; this is most certainly the best Cox's-like apple you can grow in warmer climates.
Rubinette is a cross of Golden Delicious and Cox's Orange Pippin. It was developed by Walter Hauenstein in Rafz, Swizitzerland in 1966 and released in 1976.
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Subcategory: Cold-Hardy, Hot-Climate
Fruit Uses & Storage
Uses: fresh eating, baking
Storage duration: one to three months (approximate, depending on storage conditions)
Skin color: red
Flesh color: cream
Parentage: Golden Delcious x Cox's Orange Pippin
Origin: Rafz, Switzerland
Introduced in: 1976
Introduced by: Walter Hauenstein
Calendar & Geography
USDA zones: 4 - 9
Chill hours: Not yet determined
Ripening date: Oct 20 (approximate, in New York State) + 35 days after McIntosh
Diseases & Pests
Apple Scab: Susceptible
Powdery Mildew: Susceptible
Bloom group: 3
Is it self-fertile? N
Is it fertile? Y
This table shows the first few results from a full search for pollenizers of Rubinette Apple. Please see our Pollenizer Search to run other queries and read how the application uses various factors. Also read more about fruit tree pollination.
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|Spitzenburg Esopus Apple||0|
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