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WinecrispTM apple tree

WineCrisp is a modern disease-resistant apple variety, with a pleasing spicy aromatic flavor. The apples have a crisp flesh and an attractive dull red-wine flush, with some occasional russeting.

WineCrisp is a late-ripening variety, and the flavor will improve after a month or so in cold storage.

Please note that WineCrisp is a trademarked and patented variety, and purchasers agree not to propagate or distribute the trees. In addition, customer address details may be made available to the licence holder if requested.

Winecrisp apple trees for sale

  • 1Small 1-year bare-root tree $29.00
    Mature height: 6ft-9ft after 10 years
    G.11 rootstock
  • 2Medium 1-year bare-root tree $29.00
    Mature height: 8ft-12ft after 10 years
    G.210, G.935 rootstock
  • 3Full-size 1-year bare-root tree $29.00
    Mature height: 16ft-24ft after 10 years
    MM.111 rootstock

How to grow

WinesCrisp needs a long growing season and does best in warmer zones. It is a good choice for areas prone to scab or fireblight, but has some susceptibility to cedar-apple rust.

The fruits will usually hang on the tree long after they are ripe but can also drop when ripe - not usually an issue for the backyard grower.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

Historical details

WineCrisp was developed by the PRI co-operative of Purdue, Rutgers, and Illinois universities during the 1990s and released in 2008. Like many PRI disease-resistant apples its ancestry includes the scab-resistant crab-apple Malus floribunda, as well as Rome Beauty and Jonathan. However it also prominently includes Cox's Orange Pippin - not an obvious choice given its poor disease-resistance, but Cox brings with it the potential for much better and more complex flavors.

Winecrisp characteristics

  • Picking seasonLate
  • UsesEating fresh
  • CroppingHeavy
  • Keeping (of fruit)3 months or more
  • Flavor style (apples)Sweet/Sharp
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Pollination group3
  • Bearing regularityBiennial tendency
  • Fruit bearingSpur-bearer
  • General resistanceGood
  • Cedar apple rustSome susceptibility
  • FireblightSome resistance
  • MildewSome resistance
  • ScabVery resistant
  • Summer average maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)