A very large and attractive variety from France, Calville Blanc D’Hiver bears bright yellow fruit with firm, crisp flesh. With its appealing spicy flavor, Calville Blanc is great for fresh eating and it is also a particularly good source of Vitamin C. Calville Blanc is disease resistant and ripens in mid to late October.
Latin Name: Malus domestica
Site and Soil: All apples like 1/2 day to full sun and well-drained soil.
Rootstock Description:M-7 is considered a semi-dwarf root stock. Regular apple trees grafted on M-7 root stock will grow 12-16 ft. in height. Crabapples, Columnars, Espaliers, and Combination Apples will be smaller. M-7 is very hardy and adapted to most soils.
Considered a dwarf rootstock, Apple trees on M-26 typically grow 8-12 ft. in height and are usually spaced 8-12 ft. apart. Crabapples and Columnars will likely be smaller. M-26 induces early bearing, usually in 2-3 years after planting, and grows well in most soils, except very wet and poorly drained ones. On windy sites, trees grafted on M-26 may need staking.
Pollination Requirements: All apples need another variety nearby for pollination. Neighboring trees often offer sufficient pollen for good fruit set. Consider Mason Bees to help pollinate and increase fruit production.
Hardiness: Calville Blanc is hardy to minus 30°F or below.
Bearing Age: 2-3 years after planting.
Size at Maturity: 12-16 ft. in height
Bloom Time: April
Ripening Time: Mid-October
Yield: 30-50 lbs.
Pests & Diseases: Calville Blanc is moderately resistant to Apple Scab. Codling Moth can create wormy apples and aphids can damage the foliage of apple trees.
USDA Zone: 4
Sunset Western Zone: 1-9, 14-16
Sunset Northeast Zone: All zones