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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.  Pollination partners

Fameuse apple trees produced to order

We do not stock this variety, but it is available through our custom bud-grafting service.

Propagation is carried out in late July / early August, and the grafted trees would be available for supply in December the following year (approximately 14 months later). You can choose the number of trees and the rootstock(s) you want the trees grafted on.

Read more about our Grafting service here.

If you wish to order a grafted tree of this variety please fill in our contact form in the first instance.

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.

Characteristics of Fameuse apple trees

Fruit sizeSmall
Picking timeLate Sep/Early Oct
Season of useOct-Dec
Tree vigourModerate
Tree habitUpright-spreading
Disease resistanceScab - Very susceptible
Suitable forHardy
Special featuresGood for Cider
Pollination date7
Pollination groupB
PollinatorsPollination partners
ProgenyEarly Red Bird