Landsberger Renette

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Fruit Fact: Landsberger Renette, a variety of apples

A large, mild flavored German apple selected mostly for its size and precocity. In our orchard in California, this apple borderlines on bland, and doesn't keep much more than perhaps a month in cold storage. It goes mealy quickly. Mostly a cooker.

Variety Background:

Most Common Name: Landsberger Renette
Species: malus domestica chance seedling of
Origin: Chance seedling from Harberts Renette selected in 1850 by Justizrat Burchardt in Landsberg on the Warthe river in Germany.
Patents or Trademarks: None


Description: Large, light green to slightly yellow skin with small brown dots, occasional light blush on sunny side. Yellow-white flesh.

Flavor and tasting notes: Landsberger Reinette is mild flavored and if harvested early enough will have more tannins to make it more interesting, especially in cooler climates. Very juicy, fine grained flesh is firm but not crunchy, very lightly vineous. We would not rate this as a desirable dessert apple, but it's quite suitable for cooking and cider production. Storage does not improve the fruit characteristics, it tends to decline and go mealy rather quickly. The GRIN database rates this apple as "refreshing, sweet, perfumed", but this has not manifested in the Cloudforest Orchards. May need a cooler climate to develop properly.


Precocious bearer that blooms over a long period of time and ripens equally over an extended period of time. Late ripening fruit in cool conditions is of better quality. Depends on cool Summer weather to develop enough tannins to be interesting. Prone to water core from heat. All these reasons suggest this is not a good apple for inland California or Southern California locations. Should grow well in cool, foggy coastal regions and be ideal in the Pacific Northwest.

Bloom Time Rating:

Growth Habit:

very vigorous, upright grower, produces many spurs, very precocious.

Vigor: T3

Harvest, storage and consumption:

Reliable cropper, blooms and fruits over a long period of time. Later ripening fruits tend to be better quality. Fruits need to be harvested slightly before they are fully ripe for best. Requires approximately two harvests that are about three weeks apart.

Begin of Harvest: mid Sept
End of Harvest: mid Oct
Stores Until: mid Dec


At it's prime ripeness, this apple is mild and un-interesting as a dessert apple. Best harvested slightly earlier, at which point it will store well. Great basic cooking and cider apple. Produces a pleasantly mild apple juice.

Eating: No
Cooking: Yes
Cider: Yes


Some susceptibility to scab and powdery mildew.

Scab Susceptibility: Medium
Fire Blight Susceptibility:
Powdery Mildew Susceptibility: medium
Cedar Apple Rust Susceptibility:
Black Rot Susceptibility:
Phytopthera Rots Susceptibility:
Fly Speck Susceptibility:
Coddling Moth Susceptibility:

Nurseries that carry this variety:

Not available in any US nurseries, but scion wood is readily available from various sources.

GRIN Cross-reference: PI 589565

Photo Gallery

GRIN photo, very typical of the results we observed. Note the water core. (c) Photo GRIN

Note the light russetting. These apples look identical to the ones we harvested in the Cloudforest. (c) Photo Wikipedia