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.
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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.
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.