Apple tree 'Reine des reinettes' - Malus pumila 'Reine des reinettes' (latin)
Geographic origin: France.
Adult size: Height up to 5 metres.
Type of soil: All soils, apple trees particularly like heavy, rich and damp soils but not too wet.
Climate: Hardy to -30°C.
Position: Full sun, sheltered from winds.
Pollinators: Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Crab apple 'Evereste'.
Characteristis and uses:
The apple tree should really be your first choice if you decide to plant some fruit trees. It is at home in all types of soil, as long as they are not too dry.
It flowers in the springtime producing small bunches of whitish pink flowers. This is followed by the appearance of fruits and then a wait before the harvest and finally biting into them...
Apple trees need a pollinator of a different variety before they can fruit. The crab apple 'Evereste' is a good pollinator for all apple trees.
Finally, it is important to keep a regular look out for diseases, an annual prune and feed is also needed to ensure a good crop.
The apple tree Reine des reinettes produces medium sized golden yellow fruits that are striped with red. The flesh is soft and scented; it is very sweet yet also acidic. They are ready to harvest at the end of August beginning of September and will keep until November.
This apple tree is vigorous and it is crucial to keep it under control by pruning, to avoid it producing fruit only every other year. It is quite slow to start fruiting. It is a good apple tree for beginners.