Cortland Apple Tree Overview
The Cortland apple tree is excellent not only for eating fresh and cooking, but also for making cider due to its juicy, sweet-tart flavor. In fact, it has a slightly strawberry like flavor and you can taste a hint of white wine in its flavor! Moreover, you can also dry the apple to make apple ringlets as well as use in salads or cooking. Cortland is medium to large in size and has yellow base color covered in red with white flesh. It is a cross between McIntosh and Ben Davis.
Just like any other apple tree, the Cortland apple tree grows best when it’s planted in full sun in well-drained soil. The tree can grow well in hardiness zones 4 to 8. The tree is moderately vigorous upright tree and produces good crop each year. After picking can keep well in cold storage for four months, but it is best eaten fresh picked from the tree. Cortland apple trees are susceptible to fireblight, mildew, and aphids, but resistant to scab, collar rot, and canker. It’s self-sterile and needs a good pollinator.
- Uses: eating fresh, dessert, cooking, drying, making cider
- Taste: Crisp, tender, sweet tart, Strawberry like flavor
- Size: Medium to Large
- Color: Yellow base color covered in red wash and stripes. Flesh is white.
- Hardiness Zones: 4 – 8
- Disease resistance
- Scab – moderately resistant
- Collar rot– resistant
- Canker – resistant
- Fireblight – somewhat susceptible
- Mildew – susceptible
- Aphids – susceptible
- Harvest period: 4
- Flowering Group: 3
- Cross Pollinates with: Akane, Alkmene, Binet Rouge, Chieftain, Crimson Crisp, Gala, Ginger Gold, Dolgo,and Granny Smith to name a few!
- Cultivation: This apple tree is moderately vigorous. Upright tree. Precocious. Produces crop each year. Can bear fruit on tips or spurs. Fruit hangs on tree when ripe. Can tolerate cold winter temperatures down to -30C.
- Storage: Keeps well in cold storage for four months.