Pristine Apple Tree Overview
If you are craving some apple sauce or fragrant apple pie in the summertime, then the Pristine apple tree is for you! It matures in mid July, earlier than most apple trees, and has a tart and crisp taste. Moreover, the Pristine apple tree is very resistant to scab which will make your life much easier.
In fact, the cooperative breeding program between Purdue, Rutgers and Illinois State Universities jointly developed about 50 apples resistant to scab of which Pristine was the 11th. They used Camuzat as the flower parent and combined it with Co-op 10. Although they developed it in the 1970s, they didn’t introduce it until 1994. As a result of its fine pristine skin, they named it Pristine. However the first three letters, PRI, were also a nod to the breeding program between Purdue, Rutgers and Illinois State Universities.
In order to have the best growing results, make sure you plant this apple tree in soil that is well-drained, fertile loam with a pH of 6.0 to 7.0. Additionally, you’ll have to prune this tree and establish a strong lead. Due to its high disease resistance, you won’t need to spray this apple as much as other non-disease resistant varieties.
- Uses: Eating fresh, deserts
- Taste: Sweet, crisp, juicy, a little tart, sharp
- Size: Medium sized
- Color: Pale green to yellow with yellowish flesh
- Hardiness Zones: 5-8
- Disease resistance:
- Scab – Very resistant
- Mildew – Some resistance
- Fireblight – Some susceptibility
- Cedar apple rust – Some susceptibility
- Harvest period: Early (mid July)
- Flowering Group: 4
- Cross pollinates with: Nova Spy, Northern Spy, Wolf River, to name a few!
- Cultivation: This apple tree is moderately vigorous and you will need to thin it in order not to become biennial.
- Storage: Can keep for up to one month.