Scarlett O'HaraTM apple trees

  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Picking season: Late
  • Keeping (of fruit): 3 months or more
  • 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

Mature height*
1-year Scarlett O'Hara apple trees bare-root
G.41 rootstock
Small (6ft-9ft) mature height

*Find out more about the apple rootstocks we use to control the mature height.

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.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

Historical details

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


  • Picking season: Late
  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Keeping (of fruit): 3 months or more
  • Flavor style (apples): Sharper
  • Juice style: Sweeter
  • Fruit persistence: Ripens over a period


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

Disease resistance

  • General resistance: Good
  • Cedar apple rust: Very resistant
  • Fireblight: Very susceptible
  • 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
  • Fruit size: Average
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