Flamenco (apple)

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'Flamenco' apple
Cross section of Obelisk, National Fruit Collection (acc. 1999-027).jpg
Hybrid parentage(Cox's Orange Pippin x Court Pendu Plat) × Wijcik McIntosh
Cultivar'Flamenco' or 'Ballerina Obelisk'
Origin England, 1950 - 1999

Flamenco, also known as Ballerina Obelisk, is a cultivar of domesticated apple that bears apples good for eating fresh, and is grown for its unusual ornamental properties. The tree grows in a straight up columnar style, with many small fruit-bearing branches.[1] 'Flamenco' is one of a series of apple tree cultivars that share a registered trademark under the name Ballerina.

Flamenco was developed in Kent, England, between the years 1950 and 1999 by the East Malling Research Station, when they crossed a hybrid of the English Cox's Orange Pippin and the French Court Pendu Plat with the "Wijcik McIntosh", which itself is a columnar mutation[2] of the Canadian McIntosh apple.[3]

The apple itself is very good for fresh eating, having a sharper style flavor like the Cox's Orange Pippin, it harvests at late season, and keeps fresh about one or two months. It is a very attractive tree, but needs good gardening skills and is susceptible to many apple diseases.[3]