Priscilla apple trees

  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners
  • Picking season: Mid
  • Keeping (of fruit): 1-2 months
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 3
  • Uses: Eating fresh

Priscilla is a late 20th century apple, developed by the well-regarded "PRI" co-operative or Purdue, Rutgers and Illinois universities.

The primary aim of this program is disease-resistance, and flavor can sometimes be a casualty. Priscilla does fairly well on this score though, with a light floral flavor somewhat reminscent of McIntosh and Delicious in a good year, but ultimately this is a late summer apple and cannot compare with the later-ripening varieties. It keeps well for such an early variety, but is at its best when eaten straight from the tree or used for cider.

Cropping is consistent and as should be expected it is generally unaffected by disease problems. Indeed Priscilla is still one of the most disease resistant apples available.

Priscilla apple trees for sale

Mature height*
1-year Priscilla apple trees bare-root
Small (6ft-9ft) mature height
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How to grow

Priscilla is a good choice for any grower faced with serious disease pressure. It is a particularly good choice for growers in areas prone to fireblight.

The apples hang well on the tree until overripe.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

Historical details

Priscilla was one of the very first new apple varieties to be introduced from the co-operative breeding program between the universities of Purdue, Rutgers, and Illinois. During the development it was known as "Co-op 4". Many of the varieties released by this program include the letters "PRI" in their names, and in this case the variety was named after the wife of a president of Purdue university. The initial development took place in the 1960s.

Priscilla characteristics


  • Picking season: Mid
  • Uses: Eating fresh
  • Cropping: Good
  • Keeping (of fruit): 1-2 months
  • Flavor style (apples): Sharper
  • Fruit persistence: Ripens over a period


  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 3
  • Pollinating others: Average
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Average vigour
  • Bearing regularity: Regular
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
  • Organic culture: Suitable

Disease resistance

  • General resistance: Good
  • Canker: Some susceptibility
  • Cedar apple rust: Very resistant
  • Fireblight: Very resistant
  • Mildew: Some resistance
  • Scab: Very resistant


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


  • Country of origin: United States
  • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999
  • Fruit color: Red
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