This apple tree is another one of the wildlings in the Gnarly Pippins catalog. It is a rather diminutive looking tree. Off to the side of the road, in a ditch, no older than 20 years old, growing in a thick aspen grove.
Out of all geometries the apple can assume, this, I think, may be one of the premier types of growing habit for no-spray cultivation for cider. The tree is spur bearing, naturally central-leader oriented, bearing multiple apples per spur/. The fruit itself is what I would consider a large crab: in the same grouping as centennial crab, Kerr crab, trailman, etc. Pale yellow base color airbrushed with carmine striping, on a long, long stem. From a distance it could be passed off as a cherry .... check out the fourth photo for proof... The fruit is singular. Fresh from the tree, this apple has a very classical taste. Like that of Winesap; very very well balanced. It holds exceedingly well in common storage (bushel boxes in an ambient temperature barn). When Wilmington Hideout is sweat about 3 weeks, the esters begin to come along. The aromas of #sloe , #italianplums emanate. It ripens to about 15 brix by middle September, but fruits hang on until at least the first or second week of October. A great early cider apple that shows lots of promise... I should note that Scion wood from this variety is not available for sale this year due to short supply. I want to graft all that is pictured above so that I can get more sources of scionwood to rely on in the future for cultivating this wild apple and distributing scionwood to other growers.
#gnarlypippins #grafting #scionwood #winter #awesome #foraging #wildapples #cultivate #ditch - 3 hours ago