Enterprise Apple Tree Overview
The Enterprise apple tree produces very delicious and a very disease resistant red apples. In fact the cooperative breeding program in Indiana, Illinois, and New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Stations bred this apple for its disease resistance to scab, cedar apple rust, fire blight and mildew. Although they developed it in 1980s, they didn’t introduce it until 1994. Notably, its parents include McIntosh, Golden Delicious, and Rome Beauty. Since Enterprise remains fresh for up to six months when kept at 1°C, it is the perfect apple to grow and keep throughout the winter. Additionally, the flavor becomes even better when it’s kept in storage for about a month.
If you would like an apple tree that is easy to grow, then Enterprise is for you. Not only does this apple tree tolerate a wide range of soils, but it also doesn’t require a lot of sprays due to its disease resistance. However you will still have to look for infestations and pests. Since it’s not self-fertile, you will have to plant its cross pollinators nearby and be sure to water it regularly until the roots are well established.
- Uses: Perfect for eating fresh. Because of its tough skin, some prefer to peal it first.
- Taste: Crisp and juicy with some spice. After storing for a month, the taste will be more sweet rather than tart.
- Size: Medium to large sized
- Color: Beautiful burgundy-red on top of a with a pale green base and a cream colored flesh
- Hardiness Zones: 4-7
- Disease resistance:
- Scab – Very resistant
- Mildew – Some resistance
- Fireblight – Very resistant
- Cedar apple rust – Some resistance
- Harvest period: October – November
- Flowering Group: 4
- Cross pollinates with: Nova Spy, Northern Spy, Wolf River, to name a few!
- Cultivation: In addition to being vigorous and upright, this apple tree is also a spur bearer. It will produce moderate amount of crops annually.
- Storage: Can keep for up to 3-6 months in cold storage.