Hubbardston Nonsuch apple trees

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

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.

Historical details

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

Hubbardston Nonsuch characteristics

Using

  • Picking season: Late
  • Uses: Eating fresh
  • Cropping: Good
  • Keeping (of fruit): 1-2 months

Growing

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

Disease resistance

  • General resistance: Average
  • Canker: Some susceptibility
  • Scab: Very resistant

Climate

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

Identification

  • Country of origin: United States
  • Period of origin: 1800 - 1849
  • Fruit color: Orange / Red