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Hubbardston Nonsuch apple tree

Hubbardston Nonsuch
Hubbardston Nonsuch is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Picking season: Late
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 4

Hubbardston Nonsuch is an heirloom late-season apple with a strong and somewhat aromatic flavor.

As the name suggests this apple is from the town of Hubbardston in Massachusetts, and is sometimes known as Hubbardston Nonesuch. Although "Nonsuch" may appear rather self-deprecating to us today, its meaning in the 19th century is perhaps better understood from its commonly-used French translation - "Nonpareil", meaning "unequalled".

Hubbardston Nonsuch is essentially a green / orange-flushed apple, but the coloring is highly variable and it can readily become a solid dark red in climates with cold fall nights.

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Hubbardston, Massachusetts. First recorded in the 1830s but of unknown origins.

Hubbardston Nonsuch characteristics

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Pollination group4
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • Picking seasonLate
  • UsesEating fresh
  • Keeping (of fruit)1-2 months
  • General resistanceAverage
  • CankerSome susceptibility
  • ScabVery resistant
  • Cold hardiness (USDA)Zone 4 (-34C)
  • Summer maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)
  • Country of originUnited States
  • Period of origin1800 - 1849
  • Fruit colorOrange / Red