Blenheim Orange Apple Malus domestica 'Blenheim Orange' (C/d)

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Edible
‍🌱 Hard-care
apple 'Blenheim Orange'


The apple variety known as 'Blenheim Orange' is a cultivar that is admired for its attractive fruit and ornamental value in the garden. The plant is a deciduous tree, meaning it sheds its leaves annually. In spring, it produces a showy display of blossoms that are usually pink or white when they first open, but they gradually fade to a pure white as they mature. These flowers are not only beautiful but also attract pollinators like bees. As the growing season progresses, the tree's foliage emerges, consisting of simple leaves that are green in color, with a typical oval shape and toothed edges. These leaves create a lush canopy that provides shade and contributes to the tree's overall aesthetics. By late summer or early autumn, the 'Blenheim Orange' apple tree bears its signature fruit. The apples are large and have a distinctive appearance: the skin is often a blend of greenish-yellow with a red or orange flush, giving it a somewhat mottled look. Sometimes, the fruit might exhibit russeting, which is a rough, brownish area on the skin. The flesh of the apple is typically creamy yellow, firm, and crisp. When ripe, these apples carry a sweet flavor with a hint of tartness, making them quite versatile for both fresh eating and cooking purposes. The high-quality fruit is known for its rich and complex flavor, which has made it a favorite among apple enthusiasts. Keep in mind that descriptions of this apple tree do not encompass its actual dimensions or growth habits since references to measurements are to be excluded.

Plant Info
Common Problems

About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Blenheim Orange Apple, Woodstock Pippin

    • Common names

      Malus domestica 'Blenheim Orange' (C/d).

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The plant in question is a variety of apple, which is not toxic to humans. Apples are widely consumed around the world and are safe for most individuals, although the seeds contain amygdalin, a compound that can release small quantities of hydrogen cyanide when digested. However, one would have to consume an unusually large number of apple seeds for it to be harmful. As for the rest of the apple, there are no known toxic effects from eating the fruit, and it is considered healthy and nutritious.

    • To pets

      Apples, such as the Blenheim Orange apple, are generally safe for pets like dogs and cats to consume in moderation, with a few caveats. The flesh of the apple is non-toxic to pets, but care should be taken to remove all seeds before offering it to your pet. Apple seeds contain amygdalin, which can release cyanide when digested. Ingesting a large number of seeds can potentially lead to cyanide poisoning, which is characterized by symptoms such as difficulty breathing, panting, shock, and potentially death if untreated. It is also recommended to remove the core and stem of the apple to prevent choking or gastrointestinal obstruction.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      12-15 feet (3.6-4.6 meters)

    • Spread

      12-15 feet (3.6-4.6 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Edible Fruits: Malus domestica 'Blenheim Orange' produces apples that can be eaten fresh or used in cooking and baking.
    • Aesthetic Appeal: With its blossoms in spring and fruit in autumn, the tree provides seasonal beauty in the landscape.
    • Shade Producer: This tree can offer a cool, shaded area in the garden or yard during hot summer months.
    • Habitat for Wildlife: The tree can attract birds and beneficial insects, providing them with food and shelter.
    • Pollinator Friendly: Its flowers are a source of nectar and pollen for bees and other pollinators, which is vital for the ecosystem.
    • Cultural Significance: Apple trees have been associated with myth, folklore, and tradition, adding a potential educational and cultural dimension to gardens.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    • Diarrhea Treatment: Apples from Malus domestica can help in reducing symptoms of diarrhea due to their high pectin content which aids in stool formation.
    • Digestive Health: The dietary fiber in apples is beneficial for maintaining healthy digestion and preventing constipation.
    • Blood Sugar Regulation: Apples have a low glycemic index and may help manage blood sugar levels, potentially beneficial for people with diabetes.
    • Anti-inflammatory Effects: Apples contain anti-inflammatory compounds that may help reduce inflammation in the body.
    • Heart Health: Components in apples like soluble fiber and polyphenols may contribute to cardiovascular health by lowering cholesterol levels and reducing the risk of heart disease.
    • Weight Management: The fiber in apples can promote satiety and help in maintaining a healthy weight.
    • Antioxidant Properties: Apples have antioxidants like vitamin C and quercetin that can help protect the body from oxidative stress and improve immune function.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Woodworking: Apple wood can be used for various woodworking projects such as carving, turning, or making small furniture pieces due to its fine grain and strength.
    • Natural Dyes: The leaves and bark of the apple tree can be used to produce natural dyes for textiles, giving fabrics shades of brown and yellow.
    • Apple Pomace: The leftover material from apple processing can be turned into a flour substitute or used as livestock feed, reducing waste.
    • Smoke Flavoring: Wood chips from apple trees are commonly used in smoking meats to impart a sweet, fruity flavor to the food.
    • Educational Tools: Apple trees can be used in schools for educational purposes, teaching children about the lifecycle of plants, pollination, and fruit development.
    • Craft Supplies: Dried apple slices can be used in potpourri or as decorative elements in wreath-making and other craft projects.
    • Photography: The apple tree, during different seasons, can serve as a picturesque subject for photography enthusiasts focusing on nature and the changing seasons.
    • Insect Management: Sometimes apple trees are planted as trap crops to lure pests away from other valuable commercial crops, though careful management is required to avoid spreading of the pests.
    • Apple Seed Oil: Though not commonly known or widely used, oil pressed from apple seeds can be used for cosmetic applications like lip balms or in homemade skincare remedies.
    • Climate Research: Researchers sometimes use historical apple harvest dates as a proxy data to study past climate conditions and phenological events.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The apple tree is not specifically used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The apple tree is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Knowledge and Enlightenment: As a variety of apple, the Blenheim Orange is often tied to the fruit's historical symbolism of knowledge, dating back to the story of Adam and Eve where the apple represented the forbidden knowledge.
    • Love and Desire: In many cultures, apples are traditional symbols of love and desire, reflecting the Blenheim Orange's association with affection and attraction.
    • Youth and Beauty: Apples, in general, are seen as emblems of youth and beauty as they often symbolize health and vigor, which can be associated with the Blenheim Orange.
    • Fertility and Abundance: The prolific nature of apple trees, including the Blenheim Orange, makes them symbols of fertility and abundance.
    • Peace and Resolution: Offering an apple, such as the Blenheim Orange, can be interpreted as a gesture of peace or to resolve conflicts.

Every 7-10 days
2500 - 10000 Lux
Not applicable
Late Winter
As needed
  • water dropWater

    For the Blenheim Orange apple tree, which is the common name of Malus domestica 'Blenheim Orange', it is best to water deeply once a week, providing approximately 2 gallons of water to the tree's root zone, especially during its growing season in spring and summer. The goal is to maintain consistent moisture but not to overwater, as apple trees do not like to sit in waterlogged soil. Adjustments may be needed during periods of high heat or drought when additional watering may be required to keep the soil evenly moist. It is less crucial to water established trees as frequently, but they still benefit from a good soak during prolonged dry spells.

  • sunLight

    Blenheim Orange apple trees prefer full sunlight, meaning they should receive at least six hours of direct sunlight each day. The ideal spot for planting is in an open area away from buildings or other trees that could cast shade. Ensuring adequate light is crucial for flower and fruit development, and trees grown in insufficient light may produce fewer apples and have reduced vigor.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Apple trees like the Blenheim Orange thrive in temperate climates and can tolerate a range of temperatures, but ideally, they prefer temperatures between 35°F and 75°F. They are hardy and can survive winter chill down to about -30°F, which is necessary for dormancy and subsequent flowering. Summer temperatures above 90°F for extended periods may stress the tree, so some afternoon shade in extremely hot climates can be beneficial.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning the Blenheim Orange apple tree helps maintain its shape, remove dead or diseased wood, and encourages the growth of fruiting spurs. Pruning should be done in late winter or early spring before new growth starts. It is advisable to prune annually to keep the tree productive and healthy. Remove any crossing branches, thin out crowded areas to improve air circulation, and cut back branches that are growing vertically or into the center of the tree.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The best soil mix for an apple tree, commonly known as Malus domestica 'Blenheim Orange', should be well-draining with a mix of loam, peat, and sand. It prefers a slightly acidic to neutral pH, between 6.0 and 7.0. To enhance drainage and provide nutrients, incorporate compost or aged manure into the mix.

  • plantRepotting

    Apple trees like Malus domestica 'Blenheim Orange' are generally not repotted as they are cultivated outdoors. If grown in containers, young trees should be repotted every 2-3 years into larger pots until they reach a size suitable for planting in the ground.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Apple trees, including Malus domestica 'Blenheim Orange', are adaptable to a range of humidity levels but prefer average to slightly higher humidity consistent with outdoor conditions. They do not require specific humidity control when planted outside.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Growing apple trees, like 'Blenheim Orange', indoors is challenging due to size and light needs.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in full sun, well-draining soil, and provide regular water and mulch.

    • Hardiness zone

      4-8 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Malus domestica 'Blenheim Orange', commonly known as the Blenheim Orange apple, begins its life as a dormant seed during the cold winter months. With the arrival of spring, the seed germinates, and a seedling emerges, developing roots and shoots as temperatures rise. By summer, the young apple tree enters a vegetative stage, growing leaves, branches, and establishing a strong root system. Over several years, the tree matures and eventually reaches the reproductive stage, where it produces blossoms which, once pollinated by insects or wind, will develop into fruit. The Blenheim Orange apple typically ripens in the autumn and can be harvested when the fruits achieve their characteristic size and coloration. After harvesting, the tree enters a period of dormancy during the winter, where it conserves energy in preparation for the next cycle of growth in the spring.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Late Winter

    • The most popular method of propagating the Blenheim Orange apple tree, which falls under the botanical category of Malus domestica 'Blenheim Orange' (C/d), is through grafting. This is typically done in late winter or early spring, just before the tree begins its annual growth cycle. A scion, which is a young shoot with desirable traits, is carefully selected from a Blenheim Orange apple tree. This scion is then grafted onto the rootstock of a different apple variety that is chosen for its hardiness, disease resistance, and compatibility with the local soil and climate conditions. The graft is made by making a precise cut in the stock and inserting the scion, then sealing the union with grafting tape or wax to prevent disease and promote healing. Over time, the scion and rootstock grow together, forming a strong bond that will develop into a new Blenheim Orange apple tree.