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Scarlett O'HaraTM apple tree

Scarlett O'Hara is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Picking season: Late
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 4

Scarlett O'Hara is a modern disease-resistant eating apple, with - as the name suggests - a bright red-flushed skin. The flavor is sweet/sharp with a moderately crisp texture.

Scarlett O'Hara apples ripen over an extended period from the middle to the end of the season. The apples keep well, and can be kept in a fridge or cold store for more than 3 months without loss of quality. The flavor improves for the first 1-2 months.

Scarlett O'Hara apple trees for sale

You can pre-order for spring 2025

  • Semi-dwarf 1-year bare-root tree $37.95
    Mature height: 8ft-12ft after 10 years
    Semi-dwarf rootstock
    Out of stock

How to grow

Scartlett O'Hara has good resistance to scab, cedar-apple rust, and mildew, so qualifies as a disease-resistant apple - but it is not a good choice in areas prone to fireblight as it is quite susceptible.

For best fruit quality and size be sure to thin the crop in June if necessary. This will also help prevent any tendency towards biennial bearing. In other respects this is a productive and grower-friendly variety.

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History

Scarlett O'Hara was developed by the well-regarded PRI co-operative of Purdue, Rutgers and Illinois universities, and often known by its research name of Co-op 25. It was released in 1984. It incorporates the natural scab resistance of Malus floribunda crab-apple as one of its distant ancestors. Its closest ancestors are Red Rome (from which it probably inherits its red coloring) and Golden Delicious.

Scarlett O'Hara characteristics

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Pollination group4
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • Picking seasonLate
  • Keeping (of fruit)3 months or more
  • General resistanceGood
  • FireblightVery susceptible
  • ScabVery resistant
  • Cedar apple rustSome susceptibility
  • MildewSome resistance
  • Summer maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)
  • Country of originUnited States
  • Period of origin1950 - 1999
  • Fruit colorRed