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Tree comparisons



Apple trees
Spitzenburg

Apple trees
GoldRush

Apple trees
Sundance

Cider apple trees
Kingston Black

Apple trees
Honeycrisp

Esopus Spitzenberg is one of the best-flavored American heirloom apples, and a favorite of Thomas Jefferson.GoldRush is a modern disease-resistant apple, like Golden Delicious but with a better tart/sweet balance. It is also one of the best new hard-cider varieties.A high-quality late-season eating apple, with excellent flavor and disease-resistant qualities.Kingston Black is one of the premier English cider varieties and produces a bittersharp juice.Honeycrisp is a cold-hardy disease-resistant apple - it shows just how good modern apples have become.
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Apple trees
Spitzenburg
Apple trees
GoldRush
Apple trees
Sundance
Cider apple trees
Kingston Black
Apple trees
Honeycrisp
Picking seasonLate
Very late
Late
Very late
Late
UsesEating fresh
Cooking
Juice
Eating fresh
Cooking
Hard cider
Eating fresh
Hard cider
Eating fresh
CroppingHeavy
Heavy
Good
Light
Good
Keeping (of fruit)3 months or more
3 months or more
3 months or more
2-3 weeks
3 months or more
Flavor style (apples)Aromatic
Sweeter
Sharper
Sweeter
Juice styleBittersharp (cider)
Fruit persistenceNormal ripening
Normal ripening
Ripens over a period
Normal ripening
Normal ripening
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Growing


Apple trees
Spitzenburg
Apple trees
GoldRush
Apple trees
Sundance
Cider apple trees
Kingston Black
Apple trees
Honeycrisp
Gardening skillSome needed
Suitable for beginners
Average
Some needed
Suitable for beginners
Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
Not self-fertile
Not self-fertile
Not self-fertile
Not self-fertile
Pollination group4
4
4
5
4
Pollinating othersAverage
Average
Average
Average
Average
PloidyDiploid
Diploid
Diploid
Diploid
Diploid
VigourAverage vigour
Average vigour
Average vigour
Average vigour
Weak growing
PrecocitySlow to start bearing
Precocious
Bearing regularityBiennial tendency
Biennial tendency
Biennial tendency
Regular
Regular
Fruit bearingSpur-bearer
Spur-bearer
Spur-bearer
Spur-bearer
Spur-bearer
Organic cultureSuitable
Suitable
Not-suitable
Suitable
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Disease resistance


Apple trees
Spitzenburg
Apple trees
GoldRush
Apple trees
Sundance
Cider apple trees
Kingston Black
Apple trees
Honeycrisp
General resistancePoor
Good
Good
Poor
Good
CankerVery susceptible
Some susceptibility
ScabVery susceptible
Very resistant
Very resistant
Some susceptibility
Very resistant
MildewVery resistant
Some resistance
Some susceptibility
FireblightVery susceptible
Some resistance
Very resistant
Some resistance
Cedar apple rustSome susceptibility
Some susceptibility
Very resistant
Some susceptibility
Some susceptibility
Bitter pitSome susceptibility
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Climate


Apple trees
Spitzenburg
Apple trees
GoldRush
Apple trees
Sundance
Cider apple trees
Kingston Black
Apple trees
Honeycrisp
Cold hardiness (USDA)(4) -30F / -34C
(5) -20F / -29C
(5) -20F / -29C
(5) -20F / -29C
(3) -40F / -40C
(4) -30F / -34C
(5) -20F / -29C
(6) -10F / -23C
(7) 0F / -18C
(8) 10F / -12C
(9) 20F / -7C
(10) 30F / -1C
Summer average maximum temperaturesCool ( 20C - 24C / 68F - 75F)
Warm (25C - 30C / 76F - 85F)
Hot (>30C / 86F)
Cool ( 20C - 24C / 68F - 75F)
Warm (25C - 30C / 76F - 85F)
Hot (>30C / 86F)
Cool ( 20C - 24C / 68F - 75F)
Warm (25C - 30C / 76F - 85F)
Cool ( 20C - 24C / 68F - 75F)
Cool ( 20C - 24C / 68F - 75F)
Warm (25C - 30C / 76F - 85F)
Hot (>30C / 86F)
Cold (< 20C / 67F)
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Identification


Apple trees
Spitzenburg
Apple trees
GoldRush
Apple trees
Sundance
Cider apple trees
Kingston Black
Apple trees
Honeycrisp
Country of originUnited States
United States
United States
United Kingdom
United States
Period of origin1800 - 1849
1950 - 1999
1950 - 1999
1850 - 1899
1950 - 1999
Fruit colorOrange / Red
Yellow / Orange
Green / Yellow
Crimson
Orange / Red
Fruit sizeLarge
Average
AwardsSlow Food - Ark of Taste
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