Parentage: Red Spy x Empire
Color: Pink to reddish pink over green
Harvest: Mid-September to slightly earlier
Fruit: A very large, round to slightly conic or oblong apple that may be lopsided and is somewhat angular. Fruit has a medium to narrow cavity, a short, thick stem, and minor russet that is smooth. The basin is deep and rather narrow, smooth, with a small calyx that is closed to slightly open. The lenticels are light tan in color and generally smooth but may be slightly raised. Fruit color is variable and generally poor in this region. The surface has a medium to heavy bloom that must be rubbed to expose the bright finish. Subject to scarfskin that may be severe in some years. Appears to be susceptible to calcium disorders such as corking and bitter pit. The cream-colored flesh is only moderately firm, moderately juicy to juicy, but with good crispness. The flavor is mildly acidic with moderate sweetness giving a good blend of acid and sugar. Fruit have a high brix (above 13.0) at an early stage of maturity (S.I. = 3). For best eating quality, fruit should be harvested about S.I. of 5 to 6. Storage life appears to be about 4 months in regular cold storage. Preharvest fruit drop has been moderate to higher (greater than 10%) in some years. Moderately susceptible to apple scab. Low susceptibility to tarnished plant bug and plum curculio. Moderately susceptable to tufted apple bud moth and redbanded leafroller. Highly susceptible to codling moth and oriental fruit moth.
Tree: A moderately vigorous to vigorous partially spreading tree. Blooms early to mid-season and has very good productivity (one of the best at this site). A high quality canopy with good limb structure and spur development. Susceptible to fire blight at this site, but has shown good resistance to scab and cedar apple rust. Low susceptibility to European red mite. Moderately susceptible to Japanese beetle, spotted tentiform leafminer and white apple leafhopper. Highly susceptible to rosy apple aphid.
Market Potential: Good: processing; roadside stand, local retail fresh market.