Cripps Pink Apple
The Cripps Pink Apple is an Australian apple that is the result of a cross between the Lady Williams apple and the Yellow Delicious. The result of that cross was an apple that keeps well like Lady Williams and is sweet like Yellow Delicious. Cripps Pink is marketed under the trademarked name Pink Lady® in stores around the world.
Cripps Pink is a large apple that is mostly pink especially when grown with plenty of sun. The flesh is slightly yellow and crisp. The flavor is sweet with a hint of tartness. It is a great fresh eating apple.
The tree is productive. It needs a pollinator since it is self sterile. It is a late ripening apple that would be well suited to the lower Midwest and central south. For those who want them for the deer, a late hanging apple is desirable. Being from the dry climate of Australia where fireblight is not a problem, it has little resistance. It is also susceptible to Cedar Apple Rust. A late winter copper spay should take care of most of the fireblight and a properly timed fungicide spray should take care of the Cedar Apple Rust
The Geneva Crabapple is a wonderful Crabapple. It is decorative with its mahogany red foliage follows a tremendous bright pink bloom. The ripe fruit is large for a crabapple and has a red skin with red flesh surrounding a white core. The fruit ripens in September and October and is very tart. Pressed for cider it is a high acid, low sugar juice that gives a complexity to sweeter cider blends. It is a good choice for red cider
It is a seedling of Niedzweckyana Crabapple and was selected at the Ottawa Experiment Station in Ottawa New York.
It ripens early but is a great component in a wildlife planting. It is pertially self fertile but needs a pollinator to be fully productive.
Gold Rush Apple
The Gold Rush Apple is everything you want in an apple. Very tart when first picked but mellowing over time to a perfect balance of sweet and tart. If you don’t eat them all first, after long storage they wind up with a mellow straight sweetness that can’t be beat. Pleasantly crisp with a long storage life. Gold Rush makes a great applesauce and a refreshing cider
Gold rush is adapted to the middle latitudes of the country. not the far north or the deep south but everything in between.
As the name implies, Gold Rush is a yellow apple, lightly speckled with a red shoulder if ripened in the sun. It is a long season apple ripening in October in the south and November in the north.
Generally trouble free but is susceptible to Cedar Apple Rust. A fungicide after petal fall and again 10 days later will take care of that. Check with your state extension service for your states recommendations on disease and pest control.
Try one, it will soon be your favorite apple
Hewes Crabapple is a crabapple with a long history in America. It originated in the 1700s as a hybrid seedling of the North American native southern crabapple Malus angustifolia and a cultivated apple of some sort. The result was the Hewes Crabapple which became the most popular apple planted in Virginia for over 100 years. The cider was so highly praised that both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew it. Thomas Jefferson planted his entire north orchard to Hewes.
The tree is small as is the fruit. When pressed for cider, the juice is cinnamon flavored, sugary and pungent. It makes a dry cider that ferments slowly. It makes a fine cider by itself or blends well with other apples to add flavor and complexity. It ripens in September.
Crabapples have copious blooms that supply nectar and pollen for all kinds of pollinators.
Jonagold is a great all purpose apple. It works well for general eating, it cooks well, it dries well and makes a good hard cider. The flavor is generally sweet but well balanced. It is the result of a cross betweem Jonathan and Golden Delicious and was released by the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva New York in 1943.
Jonagold yields a heavy crop of large apples. It is self sterile so it will need a pollinator. The apples ripen in October and will keep for a couple of months.
Jonagold is susceptible to several apple diseases and will need a spray program to yield a good crop of apples.
Melrose was introduced in 1944. It was bred from two well known and desirable parents, Jonathan and Red Delicious, at the Ohio Experiment Station in Wooster Ohio.
Melrose is large apple that is red flushed over a yellow background. The flesh is firm and sweet with a slight acid tang. It is white fleshed, cooks well and is excellent eaten out of hand.
Melrose ripens late and the good flavor actually improves in storage.
It can get some scab, mildew and will get some fireblight. It does have some resistance to Cedar Apple Rust.
Photo by MarcusHagenlocher
Prairie Crabapple- Malus ioensis is a native crabapple of the mid-west United States. It is a small tree that can be a stand alone tree or form a small mounded grove. The trees produce copious fragrant flowers in spring. The flower buds are pink opening to a blushed white petaled flower. The twigs are sometimes thorny and the bark on mature trees is coarse and flaky.
The fruit is small, 1″ to 1 1/4″ and green. It is edible but not particularly tasty. The fruit is eaten by many kinds of wildlife and birds. As a native tree, many insects, moths and butterflies depend on it to feed their larvae
Fuji Apples are very popular here in America. They are available in stores year round. But, store bought apples cannot compare to a home grown apple.
Our Red Fuji is a selection from the original Fuji bred in Japan. The skin color is the only difference.
Fuji was bred at the Tohoku Research Station and released in 1962. Its parents were Red Delicious and an older variety, Ralls Janet. The result was a pink/red skinned apple with crisp sweet flesh.
Fuji is a good apple for the south since it is considered a low chill variety needing only 500 hours of chill to bloom.
Fuji has some resistance to scab and mildew but is very susceptible to fireblight and cedar apple rust.
Photo by Rodrigo.Argenton
Red is the color of the skin and Free is from disease. Redfree is a low input apple growers dream come true.
Bred by the PRI Coop from Raritan and PRI1018-101, Redfree is an early season wonder.
Deep red waxy skin covers the light colored, crispy, sweet flesh of this apple. Redfree keeps for 2 to 3 weeks which is pretty good for an early season apple.
It is very resistant to scab, resistant to mildew and fireblight and very resistant to cedar apple rust.
Photo by APictche
Summer Sunrise is an eary “June Apple” type. It ripens in mid to late July and this early ripening date helps it to be a low spray variety.
The fruit is spicy and sweet with a crisp but melting texture with good flavor.
It is not a “keeper” but will remain in good eating condition for 6 weeks if refridgerated. It is good for fresh eating and drying.
The fruit will need to be picked as it ripens since these tend to drop from the tree when ripe.
It has good resistance to scab and powdery mildew, with some susceptibility to fireblight and cedar apple rust.
Summer Sunrise is a good choice for a summer apple that needs fairly low care.
Yates is an old southern apple and that is saying something. Yates has been offered in nursery catalogs for over 130 years. This wouldn’t be so if it weren’t an exceptional apple. Know as Yates,Yates Winter, Red Warrior, Jates and Ferguson Late it was discovered in 1844 in Fayette County Georgia
Yates is a smallish apple that ripens late and keeps very well without much care. Properly thinned it will size up nicely but left to its own it will remain small. The ripe fruit will hang on the tree into November and December which is a trait deer hunters appreciate.
The fruit is red over a yellow background, juicy, tender texture that is sub acid and aromatic. Yates eats well, cooks well and makes an excellent and superior cider.