Rubinette Apple Tree
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Rubinette Apple Tree
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Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-9
  • Spacing: 12-15'
  • Exposure: Full Sun
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Rubinette Apple

Malus domestica 'Rubinette'

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We'll be blunt: Rubinette is not an easy Apple to grow. It's slow and sulky, it's susceptible to a disease called Apple scab, and the fruits will be small unless they're properly thinned. But OMG, the flavor! If you're up for a challenge, you could potentially be harvesting one of the greatest Apple varieties the world has ever known. Juicy, crisp, aromatic, and perfectly balanced between sweet and tart, Rubinette is everything an Apple was meant to be. Add this treasure to your backyard orchard, and you may soon enjoy sublime snacking. You won't find Rubinette at the supermarket, so you'll have to grow your own!

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-9
  • Spacing: 12-15'
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Show more ›

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The Story

A Swiss nurseryman named Walter Hauenstein developed Rubinette in the 1960s. To improve upon the beloved Golden Delicious, he crossed it with England's favorite apple, Cox's Orange Pippin. The result, Rubinette, tastes much like the scrumptious Cox's Orange Pippin (some say it tastes even better!), but it has proved to be a better keeper. Rubinette is a gourmet apple that you may find at a posh Paris market, but you'll rarely see it anywhere in this country. Since its introduction to the U.S. in 1987, it has been passed over by growers in favor of more easily mass-produced selections. 

The Details

The Cox's Orange Pippin is a crisp, juicy, delectable apple with a complex flavor and a perfect sweet-tart tang. Unfortunately, the Tree hates hot climates, and it typically succeeds in the mildest coastal regions within the U.S. Rubinette, with Cox's Orange Pippin as one parent, gives you that same incredible flavor, but it adapts to a greater range of climates. 

How to Grow

In general, Apple Trees are easy to grow, but getting a big harvest of unblemished fruit can be a real challenge, as there are several pests and diseases that find Apples like Rubinette as tasty as we do. There are many steps you can take, however, to protect your Tree in effective but responsible ways. Our Growers are happy to help you find the best plan for you; contact them anytime at Practicing good culture and hygiene will go a long way towards keeping your Tree strong and healthy. Plant your Rubinette Apple Tree in full sun in a site with well-drained soil and good air circulation. Water regularly and mulch to keep the root zone cool and evenly moist. And always promptly remove and destroy any diseased branches, leaves, or fruit. 

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 4
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 9
Exposure Full Sun
Avg Mature Height 12-15' Tall
Avg Mature Width 12-15' Wide
Spacing 12-15'
Growth Rate Moderate
Leaf Color Green
Fall Leaf Color Yellow/Brown
Flower Color White
Flower Time Spring - Mid Season
Fruit Color Bi-Color: Red and Orange
Fruit Time Fall - Late Season
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award No
Attractive Bark No
Attracts Birds Yes
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Attracts Pollinators Yes
Deer Resistant No
Drought Tolerant No
Dry, Poor Soils No
Edible Fruit Yes
Fragrant Yes
Groundcover No
Hedge/Windbreak No
Native No
Salt Tolerance/Seashore No
Seasonal Cut Branches No
Shade Tolerance No
Showy Flowers Yes
Specimen No
Urban Conditions Yes
Utility Line Trees Yes
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest No
Woodland Garden No
Decor/Craft Use No

Questions & Answers

Q: How large will my Rubinette Apple Tree be when mature?

A: We grow Rubinette Apples on a semi-dwarfing rootstock (S-M7). This will give you an apple that will grow 12-15’ in height and width before pruning to form. You can expect a substantial harvest in 3 to 5 years using this rootstock, or about 3 years after planted at your home.

Q: Do I need another variety of Apple Tree in order to get fruit on my Rubinette Apple?

A: Rubinette has a few fantastic options when it comes to a partner Apple Tree - they are: Braeburn, Gala, Honeycrisp, Cortland, Macoun and Empire

Unfortunately, two Rubinette Apples will not pollinate each other - a different variety is needed. 

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