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Summer Rambo Apple on G.210 (Spring 2022)


A large, aromatic heirloom apple from France. Also known as Rambour Franc, Rambour d'été, Lorraine.

A naturally large tree, Summer Rambo is very vigorous, upright-spreading, cold hardy, and productive. It is a precocious bearer, but does strongly tend to biennialism and heavy crops should be thinned well and early. It is somewhat resistant to fireblight and susceptible to scab. This tree is a triploid, and two diploid varieties should be present for full fertility.

Summer Rambo is a very large, attractive, squat apple. The skin is green-yellow flushed and striped red, and the cream-colored flesh is breakingly crisp and very, very juicy. It has an excellent aromatic, subacid, vinous flavor, but it does not store well, becoming mealy a couple of weeks after harvest. From Old Southern Apples by C. L. Calhoun: "Summer Rambo is an old French apple which, until World War I, was very popular in Maryland and Virginia and states further north and west. It reportedly originated in the early 1600s in the French village of Rembures in Picardy, and was being grown in England in 1665. It has been in this country since colonial times. . . . The apples can be picked while still green, for frying, pies, and outstanding applesauce."

It is no coincidence that this apple shares a name with the hero of the movie franchise that started with First Blood; David Morrell, who wrote the novels that these movies were based on, says that his wife arrived home with some Rambo apples right at the moment he was trying to come up with a name for his protagonist.

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A naturally large tree, Summer Rambo is very vigorous, upright-spreading, cold hardy, and productive. It is a precocious bearer, but does strongly tend to biennialism and heavy crops should be thinned well and early. It is somewhat resistant to fireblight and susceptible to scab. This tree is a triploid, and two diploid varieties should be present for full fertility.

Summer Rambo is a very large, attractive, squat apple. The skin is green-yellow flushed and striped red, and the cream-colored flesh is breakingly crisp and very, very juicy. It has an excellent aromatic, subacid, vinous flavor, but it does not store well, becoming mealy a couple of weeks after harvest. From Old Southern Apples by C. L. Calhoun: "Summer Rambo is an old French apple which, until World War I, was very popular in Maryland and Virginia and states further north and west. It reportedly originated in the early 1600s in the French village of Rembures in Picardy, and was being grown in England in 1665. It has been in this country since colonial times. . . . The apples can be picked while still green, for frying, pies, and outstanding applesauce."

It is no coincidence that this apple shares a name with the hero of the movie franchise that started with First Blood; David Morrell, who wrote the novels that these movies were based on, says that his wife arrived home with some Rambo apples right at the moment he was trying to come up with a name for his protagonist.


The Fruit

Fruit Type

Category: Apple
Subcategory: Heirloom, Cold-Hardy, Hot-Climate

Fruit Uses & Storage

Uses: fresh eating, baking, sauce
Storage duration: less than one month (approximate, depending on storage conditions)

Fruit Appearance

Skin color: red
Flesh color: cream

Fruit Origins

Parentage: unknown
Origin: France
Introduced in: 1535
Introduced by:

The Environment

Calendar & Geography

USDA zones: 4 - 8
Chill hours: 0
Ripening date: Sep 01 (approximate, in New York State) 14 days before McIntosh

Tree Height & Spacing

Rootstock: G.210 Rootstock
Rootstock size class: Semi-Dwarf (40% of Standard)
Tree spacing (natural spread of tree): 12'
Good for wildlife planting? N

Diseases & Pests

Fireblight: Resistant
Apple Scab: Susceptible

Pollination

Pollination Factors

Bloom group:
Is it self-fertile? N
Is it fertile? N
Ploidy: Triploid
Rootstock size class: Semi-Dwarf (40% of Standard)

Pollination Partners

This table shows the first few results from a full search for pollenizers of Summer Rambo Apple on G.210. 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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Winecrisp™ Apple on G.202 2022 149
Liberty Apple on G.969 2022 110
Pink Lady® Cripps Pink CV. Apple on G.935 2022 99
Winecrisp™ Apple on G.210 2022 68
Sansa Apple on G.210 2022 51
Stoke Red Apple on G.969 2022 51
Dabinett Apple on G.935 2022 35

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