Crimson Topaz Apple Tree Overview
The Crimson Topaz apple tree is well known not only for being scab resistant, but also for making dessert due to its juicy, sweet, spicy, and aromatic flavor. In fact, it is very popular apple variety because of its beautiful appearance and high quality as a fresh eating appe. Crimson Topaz is medium to large in size and has yellow base color washed in bright red. Developed by crossing Rubin and Vanda varieties at the Institute of Experimental Botany in Czech Republic. Introduced in 2001.
Just like any other apple tree, the Crimson Topaz apple tree grows best when it’s planted in full sun in well-drained soil. The tree grows well in hardiness zones 5 to 8. The tree is moderately vigorous upright spreading tree and produces moderately heavy crops each year. After picking can keep well in cold storage for four months, but the apples may spoil. Crimson Topaz apple trees are scab resistant but are susceptible to blight and mildew. For more information on disease for Crimson Topaz, check this article. It’s self-sterile and needs a good pollinator.
- Uses: making dessert, eating
- Taste: Crisp, firm, juicy, sweet, sharp, spicy, aromatic
- Size: Medium to Large
- Color: Yellow base color covered in bright red. Flesh is pale yellow color.
- Hardiness Zones: 5 – 8
- Disease resistance
- Scab – resistant
- Blight – somewhat susceptible
- Mildew – somewhat susceptible
- Harvest period: 5
- Flowering Group: 3
- Cultivation: This apple tree is moderately vigorous upright spreading spur bearer. Produces good crop every year. Precocious. Need to thin when fruit sets in order to get to full fruit size.
- Storage: Keeps well in cold storage for four months, but may spoil. Can stay two months longer after this in a controlled environment.