Splendour (apple)

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'Splendour' apple
Cross section of Splendour, National Fruit Collection (acc. 1961-074).jpg
Genus Malus
Species M. domestica
Hybrid parentage unknown
Cultivar 'Splendour', 'Splendor', 'Starksplendor'
Origin  New Zealand, 1948[1]
Splendours are late-ripening

'Splendour' or 'Splendor' or 'Starksplendor' is a modern cultivar of domesticated apple which was developed in New Zealand, and is regarded there as a popular commercial dessert apple.[2] It has been said to be a cross between 'Red Dougherty' and 'Golden Delicious',[3] but genetic analysis has not definitely characterized either of the parent cultivars,[4] and records do not indicate known or suspected parents.[5]

Fruit is ribbed and conical shaped,[6] medium-large. The thin skin[7] has a light green background with a faint pink blush and green lenticels. Flesh is crisp and juicy; white with a green tinge. Flavour is very pleasant for eating,[6] sweet with little acidity.[8][7][1] The fruit keeps well in storage but bruises easily.[3][5] It is late ripening and hangs well on the tree.[8] Is a reliable heavy[7] tip and spur bearer.[8]

Is an ancestor for the Pacific Rose apple and for the Aurora Golden Gala.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Splendour", National Fruit Collection, retrieved 7 November 2015 
  2. ^ a b Splendour at Orange Pippin
  3. ^ a b Recipe Tips
  4. ^ Chagné, David; Crowhurst, Ross; et al. (2012). "Genome-Wide SNP Detection, Validation, and Development of an 8K SNP Array for Apple". PLOS One. 7 (2): e37415. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0031745. 
  5. ^ a b Wratt, G.S.; Smith, H.C. (1983). Plant Breeding in New Zealand. Wellington, New Zealand: Butterworths of New Zealand. p. 90. ISBN 0 409 70137 8. 
  6. ^ a b Adam' Apples
  7. ^ a b c Cooks Info
  8. ^ a b c Waimea Nursries

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