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Blenheim Orange

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

Origin: Oxfordshire UK, 1740

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

Blenheim Orange apple trees for sale

M27 rootstock 2 year Step-over (Very dwarfing) £35.00 Sold-out
M9 rootstock 1 year Maiden (Dwarfing) £19.50
M9 rootstock 2 year Espalier (2 Tier) (Dwarfing) £54.50 Sold-out
M9 rootstock 2 year Espalier (2 Tier) (Dwarfing)*Reduced price* £40.00 Sold-out
M26 rootstock 1 year Maiden (Semi-dwarfing) £19.50
M26 rootstock 2 year Bush (Semi-dwarfing) £32.50
M26 rootstock 2 year Cordon (Semi-dwarfing) £29.50 Sold-out
MM106 rootstock 1 year Maiden (Semi-vigorous) £19.50
MM106 rootstock 2 year Espalier (2 Tier) (Semi-vigorous) £54.50 Sold-out
MM106 rootstock 2 year Half Standard (Semi-vigorous) £32.50 Sold-out
M25 rootstock 1 year Maiden (Very vigorous) £19.50
M25 rootstock 2 year Standard (Very vigorous) £32.50 Sold-out

*Reduced price trees have not grown sufficiently to meet our standard specification, and are therefore offered at a lower price. They should still become fully developed trees but may take a bit longer.

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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.

Characteristics of Blenheim Orange apple trees

UseDual Cul & Des
Fruit sizeLarge
Picking timeLate Sep/Early Oct
Season of useOct-Dec
Tree vigourVigorous
Tree habitUpright-spreading
Fruit-bearingPartial tip-bearer
Disease resistanceScab - Susceptible
Mildew - Resistant
Suitable forLate Frost
Northern Britain
Pollination date12
Pollination groupD
Self-fertilitySelf-sterile triploid
PollinatorsPollination partners
ProgenyAnnie Elizabeth
Edward VII
Eynsham Dumpling
George Carpenter
Howgate Wonder
Newton Wonder
Oxford Conquest
Robert Blatchford