Semi-dwarf on M-111 rootstock.
Chill hours: 700
Harvest: October 15 - November 10
Looks: Large, solid green apple. If exposed to cool nights during the growing season it can get a red blush.
Personality: Very crisp and tart. Sharp flavor. Famous all-purpose apple.
Facts of note: Excellent keeper. Prolonged bloom, requires long summer, loves a hot climate. Most famous Australian apple variety. Found by Maria Smith as a chance seedling in a compost pile in the 1860's. It is said that the apple grows much sweeter and mellower if left on the tree until leaf drop.
Pollination: Self-fruitful and a good pollenizer for other varieties.
Apples are generally late blooming. Need full sun, well-drained soil, and moderate fertility. Thin fruit to maximize quality and size. Susceptible to codling moth, apple scab, powdery mildew, and gophers. Generally cross-fertile, which means that the variety is not pollinated by itself, but by a different variety of the same fruit. Three or more varieties are best. Harvest 3rd year.
Please Note: Although most of our bare-root trees arrive to our warehouse in mid-December, there are a few varieties -- Mulberry, Pecan, Persimmon, Quince, and Walnut -- that will not arrive until mid-January. If you order any of those varieties along with varieties that arrive in mid-December, your order will be delayed for shipment until mid-January unless you ask us to split your shipments and agree to pay any additional shipping charges resulting from two separate shipments.
Check out our Fruit Tree Harvest Chart to plan for successive harvests.