Ma5 – Apple ‘Reinette du Canada’ (‘Canada Reinette’, ‘Canadian Reinette’)


Species: Malus domestica Borkh.
Use: Dessert / Cooker
Ploidy: Triploid
Pollination Group: D/4
Cultivar Group: 3 or 4
Bearing: Spur
Blossom: (notes to follow)
Season: Late October / November
More Info: Keepers / OrangePippin / Pomiferous

Tree Source: Peter Nichol, Northern Fruit Group
Rootstock: M27
Planting Size: 2 yr old maiden whip
Planting Date: 8th February 2018


August 2020 – Apple ‘Reinette du Canada’
August 2020 – Apple ‘Reinette du Canada’ fruit (under-ripe)

Notes & Observations

Background – A heritage French variety, commonly agreed to originate in 1771. Still grown in France as ‘Canada’, variations on ‘Reinette du Canada’ all tend to be synonyms.

7.5.20 – Strong blossom, thinning required (and subsequently carried out).

13.8.20 – Moderate fruit set, roughly a dozen, but some lost as windfalls. Bourse-on-bourse formation observed.

Season 2020 – Apples were pleasant but not memorably so. Not as much russeting as descriptions elsewhere suggest, but may have been discoloured by unseasonably warm weather in late spring. Distinct bowing of the trunk due to fruit-weight on main branches vs meagre trunk growth over first 3 seasons in-situ.

Winter 2021 – Not very vigorous at all. Three horizontal branches, no leader. Good potential fruit bud development. Some extension growth. Bourse + brindille. Only 1 pruning cut required.

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