Sundance™ Apple Tree Overview
The Sundance apple tree, sometimes known as Sundancer, is well known for its resistance to scab and its rich, pineapple/lemon flavored apples. Not only does it produce large crispy fruit, but these apples also keep well in storage for up to seven months! Additionally it is resistant to scab, rust, blight, and somewhat resistant to mildew. In fact, the cooperative breeding program between Purdue, Rutgers and Illinois State Universities jointly developed about 50 apples resistant to scab of which Sundance (or Co-op 29) was the 16th. They used Golden Delicious as the flower parent and combined it with (PRI 1050-201 ) which has genes from Winter Banana, McIntosh, Rome Beauty and crabapple. This initial cross happened at Rutgers University’s Cream Ridge Research and Development Station. Although they developed it in the 1964s they didn’t introduce it until 2003.
Just like any other apple tree, the Sundance apple tree grows best when it’s planted in full sun in well-drained, loamy soil. The tree can grow well in hardiness zones 5 to 9 and is moderately vigorous and upright. After picking the fruits in the late season about 2.5 weeks after Golden Delicious, you can keep them in cold storage for about seven months.
- Uses: Eating fresh and cooking
- Taste: Crispy, juicy, sweet with some spiciness and hints of pineapple and sweet lemon
- Size: Large
- Color: Greenish/yellow with an orange blush. Flesh is a pale yellow color.
- Hardiness Zones: 5 – 9
- Disease resistance
- Russetting and russet cracks may develop during the cooler seasons.
- Scab – very resistant
- Rust – resistant
- Fireblight – resistant
- Mildew – somewhat resistant
- Harvest period: Late fifth period, 2.5 weeks after Golden Delicious. When the fruit is ripe, it will not drop and will hang on the tree until it’s overripe.
- Flowering Group: 4
- Cross Pollinates with: Enterprise, Galarina™, Pink Lady, Pristine, and Sansa to name a few.
- Cultivation: This apple tree is moderately vigorous, upright, and a spur bearer. Additionally it has a biennial tendency and the fruit will usually develop in clusters.
- Storage: Keeps well in cold storage for about seven months. However, in room temperature it will stay fresh for one week.