Rare, old English culinary and cider apple, sometimes with a bitter flavor, but good for for fresh eating too. Background color of greenish-yellow, over one-half striped red. Often, there are red blotches on the surface. It has an irregular shape and the tree is vigorous and spreading; bears early, yielding full crops annually. When stored, it becomes greasy – so put to use soon after harvest. The white flesh is juicy, crisp and acid. Colorado cider makers and rare fruit collectors would be glad to get their hands on this hard-to-find apple.
Choose rootstock type depending on availability:
Malus domestica Standard sized seedling rootstock. This is what trees were historically grafted on. These will be large trees that will grow for a century or more due to their cold hardiness and drought tolerance. Plant 25 feet or more apart.
M111 Semi Dwarf rootstock. 3/4 size of standard. A good compromise if you want a slightly smaller tree. Plant 15 feet or more apart.
M7 Semi Dwarf, Smaller than M111. Probably not as long lived, but produces sooner. Longer lived than M26. Plant 12 feet or more apart.
M26 Dwarf, Short lived (a few decades), fast producing, needs staked, not drought tolerant or as cold hardy, plant as close to 1-2 feet apart.