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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

1-year maiden trees

These are the most versatile choice for home orchards, community fruit tree projects, and for training on in any form you require.

FormRootstockPriceQuantity
MaidenM26Semi-dwarfing £23.50
MaidenMM106Semi-vigorous £23.50

Orders placed now will be delivered in the winter planting season.

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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
ColourFlushed
FlavourNutty
Fruit sizeLarge
Picking timeLate Sep/Early Oct
Season of useOct-Dec
Tree vigourVigorous
Tree habitUpright-spreading
Fruit-bearingPartial tip-bearer
CroppingErratic
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