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Reine de Reinette Apple 3-5 ft branched tree

Regular price
$55.00 USD
Regular price
Sale price
$55.00 USD
Plant type
Rootstock

Reine de Reinette is the oldest heirloom we sell, originating in the 1700s or perhaps even 1500s in Europe. It is listed in the Slow Food ‘Ark of Taste,’ where it is described as “smelling of flowers and grass” and having a flavor with “hints of orange, bergamot, lemon, mango, melon and even plum, with a hint of vanilla that lingers in your mouth long after the last bite.” The yellowish flesh browns quickly when exposed to air, and might be more simply described as very sweet and juicy with virtually no acidity. Fruit ripens in September, to a pale yellow streaked with dark orange and with patches of russet.

Standard rootstock: These trees are grafted onto Antonovka standard rootstock, which produces vigorous and disease-resistant full-size trees. With a little TLC these trees can last generations.

B118: B118 or “Bud 118” is considered semidwarf or semistandard, growing to 85% the size of a standard rootstock tree. Similar to a standard, trees on B118 are vigorous, hardy and need no staking. Trees on B118 will begin bearing fruit slightly earlier than standard roostock trees and are reliably productive.

Apples thrive in Vermont. You need to have at least two different varieties for pollination; however, apples are common enough in Vermont that you can often get away with planting one if a neighbor has a few trees. Wild trees or crab apples growing nearby can also serve as pollinators. More pollen often means more and larger fruit. Plant in a well-drained spot with good sun. We grow and sell varieties that perform well in our climate and growing conditions. Varieties listed as “heirloom” originated before 1900.

If you are planting a few trees, consider selecting varieties with different uses or ripening times. If you are planning to make hard cider, add a cider variety or two to blend with more typical dessert fruit.