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Chieftain apple tree

Chieftain

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

  • Medium 1-year bare-root tree $29.00
    Mature height: 8ft-12ft after 10 years
    G.202 rootstock

How to grow

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

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

Historical details

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

Chieftain characteristics

  • Picking seasonLate
  • UsesEating freshCulinary
  • CroppingGood
  • Keeping (of fruit)1-2 months
  • Flavor style (apples)Sweet/Sharp
  • Fruit persistenceNormal ripening
  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Pollination group4
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • PloidyDiploid
  • VigourAverage vigour
  • Bearing regularityRegular
  • Fruit bearingSpur-bearer
  • General resistanceGood
  • FireblightSome resistance
  • ScabSome resistance
  • Summer average maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)
  • Country of originUnited States
  • Period of origin1900 - 1949
  • Fruit colorCrimson