Signe Tillisch

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Fruit Fact: Signe Tillisch, a variety of apples

A highly aromatic favorite Danish apple from the late 19th century.

Variety Background:

Most Common Name: Signe Tillisch
Species: malus domestica
Origin: Signe Tillisch originated in 1860 as a random seedling in the garden of Hardesvogts Tillisch in the town of Bjerre, near Horsens, Danemark. Introduced into commerce in 1885. Named after Hardesvogts' daughter Signe. At the turn of the 20th century, this apple was readily available in Danemark and Northern Germany, but almost disappeared into extinction. Believed to be a seedling of Calville Blanc D'Hiver.
Patents or Trademarks: None


Description: Large, green-yellow skinned apples with red-orange blush in sun exposed areas. Ribbed near the calyx basin. Fruit bruises easily.

Flavor and tasting notes: Sweet, juicy, mild flavored refreshing aromatic apple with cream colored flesh.


Prefers cooler Summer areas since it is very sensitive to high temperatures.

Bloom Time Rating: F10

Growth Habit:

Long lived, semi-vigorous tree that lends itself well as an espalier. Precocious.

Vigor: T2

Harvest, storage and consumption:

Ripens early September, not a good storer, maybe through the end of October.

Begin of Harvest: early Sept
End of Harvest: mid Sept
Stores Until: early Nov


Primarily a dessert apple, but keeps its shape well when cooked and quite juicy, suitable for cider making.

Eating: Yes
Cooking: Yes
Cider: Yes


Highly susceptible to both scab and powdery mildew.

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

Nurseries that carry this variety:

Difficult to find in US nurseries, scion wood available in private exchanges.