Chieftain apple trees

Chieftain
  • Picking season: Late
  • Uses: Eating fresh
  • Uses: Cooking
  • Keeping (of fruit): 1-2 months
  • Gardening skill: Easy
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 4

Chieftain is one of those apples that is not particularly well-known, but is popular with those that grow it. It is a cross between two classic American apples, Jonathan and Delicious, and the result is a nicely-balanced apple which is still sweet like Delicious but has a bit more interesting tartness to its flavor.

Chieftain apple trees for sale

Item
Mature height*
Price
Quantity
1-year Chieftain apple trees bare-root
G.11 rootstock
Small (6ft-9ft) mature height
$29.00
1-year Chieftain apple trees bare-root
MM.111 rootstock
Large (10ft-14ft) mature height
$29.00

*Find out more about the apple rootstocks we use to control the mature height.


How to grow

Chieftain is reliable and easy to grow and has some natural resistance to scab and fireblight.

Historical details

Developed at Iowa State University at the start of the 20th century, but not released until 1966.

Chieftain characteristics

Using

  • Picking season: Late
  • Uses: Eating fresh Cooking
  • Cropping: Good
  • Keeping (of fruit): 1-2 months
  • Flavour quality: Very good
  • Flavour style (apples): Sweet/Sharp
  • Discoloring: Slightly oxidising
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening

Growing

  • Gardening skill: Easy
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 4
  • Pollinating others: Average
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Average vigour
  • Bearing regularity: Regular
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer

Problems

  • Disease resistance: Good
  • Fireblight: Some resistance
  • Scab: Some resistance

Climate

  • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20C - 24C / 68F - 75F) Warm (25C - 30C / 76F - 85F)

Identification

  • Country of origin: United States
  • Period of origin: 1900 - 1949
  • Fruit colour: Crimson