Chieftain Apple Tree Overview
The Chieftain apple tree is an excellent choice not only for cooking, but also for eating fresh due to its crisp, juicy, sweet honey-like flavor. In fact, it is a very high quality apple variety and keeps very well in storage. Moreover, Chieftain is medium in size and has green base color covered in bright and dark red. It bears apples that are firm, juicy and have a creamy white colored flesh. These trees were developed in Iowa State University by crossing Jonathan and Delicious.
Just like any other apple tree, the Chieftain apple tree grows best when it’s planted in full sun in well-drained soil. The tree is moderately vigorous upright spreading tree and produces good crop. After picking can keep well in cold storage for three months, but can mellow over time. Chieftain has good disease resistance and is resistant to scab and fireblight. Lastly, it’s self-sterile and needs a good pollinator.
- Uses: eating fresh, cooking
- Taste: crisp, juicy, sweet-sharp, sweet with honey-like flavor
- Size: Medium
- Color: Green base color covered in dark red with white colored flesh.
- Hardiness Zones: 4 to 8
- Disease resistance:
- Fireblight: resistant
- Scab: resistant
- Harvest period: 4, mid to end September period. Fruit can hang for some weeks after ripening.
- Flowering Group: 4
- Cross Pollinates with: Binet Rouge, Calville Blanc, Chestnut Crabapple, Crimson Crisp, Gala, Galarina™, Ginger Gold, GoldRush, Harry Masters Jersey, Honeycrisp, Newtown Pippin, Northern Spy, Redfree, Winecrisp and Granny Smith to name a few!
- Cultivation: This apple tree is a moderately vigorous upright spreading tree. Spur bearer. Tree tends to grow slightly dwarfed.
- Storage: Keeps well in cold storage for three months. Will become mellow over time.