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Blenheim Orange Apple on G.890 (Spring 2023)


An English heirloom preferred for baking. Also known as Kempster's Pippin.

Blenheim Orange is a triploid, so two other apple varieties will be needed to obtain full pollination. It is also very prone to biennialism, so regular pruning and thinning will be necessary to maintain annual production. As it is partially tip bearing, this tree is not ideal for espalier. This tree is extremely vigorous once established.

Ripening mid-season, the apples are large with red striping and flushing over a yellow background. The flesh is creamy, coarse, and somewhat dry with an excellent nutty flavor. This variety is a preferred English baking apple; it does not hold its shape, but melts into a fine puree.

Blenheim Orange was first grown around 1740 by a Mr Kempster in his garden at Old Woodstock, Oxfordshire (near Blenheim), England. It was presented to the London Horticultural Society in 1819, and it received the Banksian Medal in 1822.

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Blenheim Orange is a triploid, so two other apple varieties will be needed to obtain full pollination. It is also very prone to biennialism, so regular pruning and thinning will be necessary to maintain annual production. As it is partially tip bearing, this tree is not ideal for espalier. This tree is extremely vigorous once established.

Ripening mid-season, the apples are large with red striping and flushing over a yellow background. The flesh is creamy, coarse, and somewhat dry with an excellent nutty flavor. This variety is a preferred English baking apple; it does not hold its shape, but melts into a fine puree.

Blenheim Orange was first grown around 1740 by a Mr Kempster in his garden at Old Woodstock, Oxfordshire (near Blenheim), England. It was presented to the London Horticultural Society in 1819, and it received the Banksian Medal in 1822.


The Fruit

Fruit Type

Category: Apple
Subcategory: Heirloom

Fruit Uses & Storage

Uses: fresh eating, baking, sauce
Storage duration: three plus months (approximate, depending on storage conditions)

Fruit Appearance

Skin color: red
Flesh color: white

Fruit Origins

Parentage:
Origin: England
Introduced in: 1819
Introduced by: John Turner

The Environment

Calendar & Geography

USDA zones: 4 - 8
Chill hours: 800
Ripening date: Sep 30 (approximate, in New York State) + 15 days after McIntosh

Tree Height & Spacing

Rootstock: G.890 Rootstock
Rootstock size class: Half-Standard (60% of Standard)
Tree spacing (natural spread of tree): 18'
Good for wildlife planting? N

Diseases & Pests

Apple Scab: Susceptible
Fireblight: Resistant
Powdery Mildew: Resistant

Pollination

Pollination Factors

Bloom group: 3
Is it self-fertile? N
Is it fertile? N
Ploidy: Triploid
Rootstock size class: Half-Standard (60% of Standard)

Pollination Partners

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