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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Cameo
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CAMEO

Synonym: Carousel

Parentage: Chance seedling

Color: Red stripe over light green

Harvest: September 24 to October 7; may require multiple pickings

Fruit: A medium to large apple, round to conic and somewhat angular. The cavity is pronounced obtuse, medium to deeper, and the stem is medium to thicker and medium to longer in length. The basin is generally deep and ridged resulting in five prominent lobes on some fruits. The calyx varies from closed to open and is generally green. There are numerous lenticels over the surface, prominent, light tan to white colored, generally smooth but may be slightly raised and rough to the touch. The color is pronounced striped and often poor at early stages of maturity, but this apple hangs quite well with significant improvement in red color and little or no loss in fruit quality. Scarfskin is extensive in some years that can detract from the appearance and fruit do exhibit some russet, usually in the cavity. Cameo is subject to corking when grown in this region, but it is usually minor. The creamy-white flesh is above average firmness and crisp, and somewhat juicy. The flavor is sweet-tart with best eating quality at S.I. of 6 or above. If picked at S.I. of 3-4 (best for long term storage), the flavor is often quite "starchy", but this changes in storage. Storage is very good to excellent (5 months or longer) in regular cold storage. Fruit are susceptible to scab and summer rots.  Moderately susceptible to tarnished plant bug, tufted apple bud moth and redbanded leafroller.  Highly susceptible to plum curculio, codling moth and oriental fruit moth.

Tree: Moderately vigorous, somewhat upright, but spreads nicely with cropping. Has shown good precocity and annual cropping at this site; Cumulaive yield in 4th season ranked in top 5 among 23 cultivars tested. Canopy is somewhat dense but has good spur development and limb structure. Blooms mid-season to later. Susceptible to scab, but moderately resistant to mildew and cedar apple rust.  Low susceptibility to rosy apple aphid and European red mite.  Moderately susceptible to Japanese beetle.  Highly susceptible to spotted tentiform leafminer and white apple leafhopper.

Market Potential: Good to excellent: fresh market, local, retail, and wholesale; processing

           

           

  

 


Last Modified: 3/25/2008
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