WineCrisp™ Apple Tree Overview
The WineCrisp™ apple tree is well known not only for its disease resistance to scab, but also for its fruity, juicy, crisp apples. In fact, this variety which ripens in the late season (October in some locations) can last for up to 8 months in cold storage. The cooperative breeding program between Purdue, Rutgers and Illinois State Universities jointly developed about 50 apples resistant to scab of which WineCrisp™ was the 19th. Moreover, they used Rock 41-112 with pollen from PRI 841-103. Although they developed it in 1968, they didn’t introduce it until 1990. As a result of its flavor and fruity flavor, they named it WineCrisp™. Additionally its parents include Cox’s Orange Pippin, Yellow Newton Pippin, Red Rome Beauty, and Jonathan.
Just like any other apple tree, the WineCrisp™ apple tree grows the best when it’s planted in full sun in well-drained, loamy soil. It also grows well in cold climates (hardiness zone 4). Additionally, it is moderately vigorous and has a tendency to produce well every other year. Once they are ready late in the season, you can pick them and eat them fresh, make some pies, or make some cider! If there are too many to enjoy at once, you can store them for up to four months in a cold storage. In fact the the flavor and sweetness will improve over time in storage. However, the juiciness will decrease the longer it’s in storage.
- Uses: Eating fresh, deserts, cider
- Taste: sweet-tart, crisp, firm with a spicy fruity flavor
- Size: Medium
- Color: Greenish/yellow base with a deep red blush
- Hardiness Zones: 4-8
- Disease resistance:
- Scab – Very resistant
- Mildew – Some resistance
- Fireblight – Some resistance
- Cedar apple rust – Some susceptibility
- Harvest period: late harvest period, October
- Flowering Group: 3
- Cross Pollinates with: Galarina™, Nova Spy, Sun Fuji, to name a few.
- Cultivation: This apple tree is moderately vigorous and semi-spreading. It will need to be thinned since it produces a lot of fruit annually.
- Storage: You can store the apples for up to 8 months however the flavor will decrease overtime.