Apples V / Malus domestica

applegoldendelicioussmothee (295x300)Malus domestica ‘Smoothie’ (syn. ‘Improved Golden Delicious’) – A sport of ‘Golden Delicious’ with yellow skin and a distinct rosy blush, with some russeting possible depending on weather conditions. The creamy-yellow flesh is crisp and juicy. Although partially self-fertile, it can be cross-pollinated by ‘Red Northern Spy’ and ‘Cortland’. Harvest early October. Hardy to zone 4.

applegraven (300x289)Malus domestica ‘Gravenstein’ – A very old Danish variety which was first discovered in 1669 as a chance seedling. It is a triploid (so it is sterile) and will require cross-pollination from either a self-fertile cultivar or a pair of apples that pollinate each other. The tart but flavourful fruit are great for fresh eating or cooking. Harvest late August to early Sept. Stores 2-3 weeks. Zone 4.

applegoldensentinel (300x299)Malus domestica ‘Golden Sentinel’ – A columnade or columnar cultivar which only grows 8-12′ high (on M26 rootstock) and 3-4 wide. It bears yellow fruit with occasional red blushing and can be cross-pollinated by the equally compact ‘Scarlet Sentinel’. The fruit is similar in flavour to ‘Golden Delicious’. Relatively disease resistant. Harvest mid September. Stores 3 months. Zone 4.

applecoxsorangepippin (300x300)Malus domestica ‘Cox’s Orange Pippin’ – Probably one of the best dessert or eating apples, this offspring of ‘Ribston Pippin’ was first grown back in 1830 in England. While not a good cooking apple, it is often blended into ciders or juices. The medium-sized fruits have a reddish-orange blush over yellow skin. Grows 15-18′ high on M26. Harvest early to mid Oct. Stores 1-2 months. Z4.

applesalish (298x300)Malus domestica ‘Salish’ (syn. ‘SPA-493’) – This newer cultivar is actually a cross of ‘Splendor’ and ‘Gala’ that was originally made over 32 years ago. The fruits start out yellow (as shown) and mature with a deep reddish-pink blush with juicy, crisp flesh that is a bit tangy. This Summerland introduction also has heavy yields. Harvest early October. Stores well. Hardy to zone 4.

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