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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

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Synonym: None

Parentage: Liberty x MacSpur

Color: Dark red to purple on green/yellow ground color

Harvest: August 28 to September 15; multiple pickings

Fruit: Small to medium, strongly oblate apple. Surface has a heavy "bloom" that polishes to a bright finish. Fruit grown at AFRS have shown severe cracking in some seasons. These cracked fruit may rot on the tree or drop prematurely before rotting. The cavity and basin are medium to shallow, the stem is short, and the calyx is small and not showy. The lenticels are large, irregular and often rough. Fruit are prone to russet, which is more common in the cavity and around the basin. Scarfskin can be so severe in some years that the fruit has a grayish tint. The flesh is firm and crisp in the early stages of maturity, but it softens rapidly. At full maturity the flesh is only moderately firm, slightly crisp and moderately juicy. The flesh is subject to watercore and internal breakdown. The flavor is subacid to tart with only a slight amount of detectable sweetness and some astringency. The storage performance of this apple has not been determined at this site. A scab resistant cultivar.  Low susceptibility to tufted apple bud moth and redbanded leafroller.  Moderately susceptible to tarnished plant bug, plum curculio, codling moth and oriental fruit moth.

Tree:  Generally a weak tree, with a very open canopy, and an upright growth habit. Not precocious and cumulative yields over the first 4 years in the orchard have been moderate to poor. Blooms somewhat early in this location. Shows good resistance to mildew and cedar apple rust.  Low susceptibility to rosy apple aphid.  Moderately susceptible to European red mite, Japanese beetle and spotted tentiform leafminer.  Highly susceptible to white apple leafhopper.

Market Potential:  Very limited: processing



Last Modified: 3/27/2008
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