Apple tree 'Reinette grise du Canada' - Malus pumila 'Reinette grise du Canada' (latin)
Geographic origin: Unknown.
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 Reinette grise du Canada produces very large apples that have a greenish brown and red skin. The flesh is sweet and highly scented. They are ready to pick in October and can be kept until February.
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.