Apple - Fameuse

Fameuse Apple

Malus domestica
An old Canadian variety. Bright red, sweet, juicy, soft textured fruit.

Origin: Canada 1730

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

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Fameuse Apple Trees for sale - order online

We currently produce this variety to order only through our bud-grafting service. You cannot order on line. If you wish to order please contact us using the messaging facility on the contact us page. Let us have your name, postal address, telephone and email address as well as which variety you would like us to produce, how many and on what rootstock. Bud-grafting is carried out in late July and early August. The trees would be supplied approximately 18 months later. We normally need to have received orders by the beginning of July. Please click here for full details of our bud-grafting service.


History and description of Fameuse

Probably raised by early French Canadian settlers who brought the seed from France and planted it at Chimney Point, near Lake Champlain between Vermont and New York State c1730. Once widely grown, especially around Montreal.

Medium-sized fruit. Flat-round shape, distinctly flattened at base and apex. Very pale greenish white background skin colour almost completely flushed bright blood red. Very white flesh, sometimes tinged red beneath the skin. Rather soft, fine-textured, juicy and very sweet with a vinous flavour similar to McIntosh Red.

A tree of moderate vigour. Very hardy. Heavy cropper tending to overcrop and produce small fruit.



Main characteristics of Fameuse

Use Dessert
Colour Red
Flavour Sweet
Fruit size  Small
Picking time  Late Sep/Early Oct
Season of use  Oct-Dec

Tree vigour  Moderate
Tree habit  Upright-Spreading
Fruit bearing  Spur-bearer
Cropping Heavy
Disease resistance  Scab: Very susceptible
Suitable for Hardy
Special features Good for Cider

Pollination date  7
Pollination group  B
Self fertility  Self-sterile
Pollinators Show suitable pollination partners
Progeny  Early Red Bird