Apple - Blenheim Orange

Blenheim Orange Apple

Malus domestica
A lovely classic English variety with a very distinctive flavour and attractive large fruit.

Origin: Oxfordshire UK 1740

Pollination:  Blenheim Orange is self-sterile and would require a pollinator to produce a crop. Show suitable pollination partners

A guide to choosing Apple Trees

Blenheim Orange Apple Trees for sale - order online

Please select the rootstock, age and tree form available items in the table below. The choice of rootstock is important as it determines the size to which the tree will grow when mature. Trees are available either as maidens which are untrained one year old trees or two year old trees already trained in a particular form. Reduced price trees when available are smaller one year old trees or two year old trees which have less well developed heads than our regular trees but are otherwise perfectly good healthy trees offered at a lower price. Trees are supplied bare root during the planting season from late November to early March. Further information is available below.

Rootstock / Vigour / Age / Form
M27 - Very dwarfing   1 year Maiden
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M9 - Dwarfing   1 year Maiden
M26 - Semi-dwarfing   1 year Maiden
MM106 - Semi-vigorous   1 year Maiden
MM106 - Semi-vigorous   2 years Half Standard
MM106 - Semi-vigorous   2 years Half Standard *Reduced Price*
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M25 - Very vigorous   1 year Maiden
M25 - Very vigorous   2 years Standard
M25 - Very vigorous   2 years Straight Leader

History and description of Blenheim Orange

The original seedling of Blenheim Orange was found growing against the boundary wall of Blenheim Park, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, UK by local man called Kempster. He planted it in his garden where it is said that "thousands thronged from all parts to gaze on its ruddy, ripening orange burden". It became known as Kempster's Pippin until a Worcestershire nurseryman called Biggs obtained permission from the Duke of Marlborough to market the variety as Blenheim Orange. It won further fame after winning the Banksian Silver Medal in 1820. It was widely grown in the UK until the 1930's. It also spread and gained popularity in other parts of Europe, North America and Australia. It is now no longer grown commercially on any significant scale but remains a favourite garden variety.

Large, flat round fruit. Orange red flush and stripes over greenish yellow skin. Speckled with fine brown russet spots and patches. Creamy white flesh with a crumbly texture. Considered as one of the loveliest apples with a distinctive, dry, nutty flavour. Dual purpose. Cooks to a stiff puree.

Very vigorous triploid variety capable of producing very large strong limbed trees. Best on dwarfing stock for small gardens. Part tip bearer. Shy cropper when young but cropping improves with age. Some biennial tendency.

Main characteristics of Blenheim Orange

Use Dual Cul & Des
Colour Flushed
Flavour Nutty
Fruit size  Large
Picking time  Late Sep/Early Oct
Season of use  Oct-Dec

Tree vigour  Vigorous
Tree habit  Upright-Spreading
Fruit bearing  Partial tip-bearer
Cropping Erratic
Disease resistance  Scab: Susceptible
Mildew: Resistant
Suitable for Late Frost
Northern Britain

Pollination date  12
Pollination group  D
Self fertility  Self-sterile Triploid
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Progeny  Annie ElizabethEdward VII (?)Eynsham DumplingGeorge CarpenterHowgate WonderNewton Wonder (?)Oxford ConquestRobert Blatchford