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Apple Tree Identification Help

Posted by JohnnyAppleTree MN (My Page) on
Tue, Jul 16, 13 at 21:46

Trying to figure out what type of apple tree this is. Just bought a new house and we have four of these trees producing but are not sure if it's worth investing money into protecting them from ants, flies, or general bugs. Any help help would be great, thanks guys.

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I'm in dire need of help here. I have seen multiple responses of clear knowledge on this forum. The mother in law is coming up in a week and the wife has explained we have apple trees producing. My mother in law is a fabulous pie chef and she wants to know what kind of apples we have growing... Any help would be great. I've lived in an apartment since leaving my parents house (7 years ago) and now have a love of growing and taking care of fruits and vegetable plants since moving in. I'm sure i may be naive with my pics and description so if more info is needed, please met me know. Thanks again guys.

RE: Apple Tree Identification Help

Too early to tell.
Has a Delicious shape, thats about it.
Check back in 2 months.

RE: Apple Tree Identification Help

Welcome to the forum!
It may be impossible to say for 100% sure what your trees are-there are hundreds if varieties out there. It might be possible to say with some possibility of being correct when those apples get ripe. But an awful lot of apples look pretty similar this time of year. I'm going to post some questions for you so the expert growers can help you
First, your best hope is to find out who planted them and ask them (or a neighbor or surviving family member) :)

But assuming that is not possible, here are some details we need to know.
First, where are you located? Some apples might not be usually grown in all climate zones.
Second, do the apples on all 4 trees look identical? Are they the same size on all the trees? Same color at this point? Do the trees themselves have similar shapes? It would be more usual, if there are just the 4 fruit trees, for a backyard orchard to have different varieties to enjoy different flavors and have apples ripening at different times. I am assuming that these are 'backyard orchard' trees, not a remnant of a former commercial orchard.
Next, how old do you guess the trees are? How tall? How old is the house? If the trees were planted 40-50 yrs ago the list of suspect varieties will be different than if 10 yrs ago.
Last question-when do they get ripe and what color and size and shape are they then? Ask a neighbor if you can't reach the planter. If no one can answer then you might need to wait till they do ripen.

One last suggestion assuming we can't answer immediately-once they ripen ask your mother-in-law, the expert dessert baker, for her help in figuring it out by tasting and testing out some of the fruit in her pies etc. Never hurts to ask a MIL for help in a way that acknowledges her expertise in something! Offer her plenty of them! ('Mom, I would love for you to have a chance to test them out when they ripen to see it they are good apples for pies or cooking')

Good luck! And it looks like you might have some nice apples there

This post was edited by eboone on Wed, Jul 17, 13 at 13:11

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I realize you live in a large state but a search turned up this group: I would recommend contacting them first as many of these clubs are able to identify varieties when apples are brought to them or help you locate a closer group.

If you aren't able to bring apples to be I.D. then here is a link from our own group who has set up framework for you to do the detective work:

RE: Apple Tree Identification Help

I bet your apples will be great for pies, regardless of the variety. Most standard apples are acceptable for pies, sauce, and juice. It's the fresh eating in hand that people get most picky about.

Unless you're a scientist with knowledge and easy access to DNA analysis techniques, you won't be able to determine what variety your apples are until they ripen, and even then it is only an educated guess.

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Thank you guys for all the posts, I now know you basically won't know til there ripe but I figured I'd reply to eboone. At the very least I might find out if there more than likley edible. (For most people) and maybe some possibilities.

1. I live in Central Minnesota
2. The tree is roughly 13ft tall.
3. The house was built in 1989.
4. Trees are about the same size with the same size fruit as of now.
5. It is just a backyard orchard. (If you want to call it an orchard)

Again, I'll probably have to wait til fall to find out but maybe someone will have an inkling. Thanks again everyone.

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Last Pic till the ripened fruit. Bases of apple trees more than likely all look the same but I have now clue. Maybe it helps, maybe not. Thanks Again.

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Here is a updated photo of an apple I picked yesterday. Any indication of what it could be yet?

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Also I have a concern. Right after I picked this apple, (came off very easily) I cut it opened and noticed this...What could it be? Tasted bad and did not have but maybe 30 seconds from being cut and getting a picture taken to spoil. The brown was already there. Any ideas?

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It resembles a Duchess I picked yesterday.

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Since the apple is ripe now and you are in central Minnesota I will assume it is some early ripening cold hardy variety. Beacon? Not sure from the picture.

If this tissue browing occured on later season apples in
storage it would be from a calcium issue (water core, internal cork).

However I have seen this sometimes on summer apples.
Some years they are great and other years the fruit looks good but the flesh is all brown. Many years ago
I recall picking Viking in late July. One year it was good
and the next year I picked none as all were brown inside.

Another issue is that some early season apples do not keep long. Good examples are Beacon and Yellow Transparent. Great for 3 days then turn to mush.

Are all the apples on the tree like this? Just wondering if
they are over-ripe or if it is some calcium issue? I am not sure. Just my thoughts on some possibilities.

RE: Apple Tree Identification Help

It's hard to say, ..I have one which looks about the same is called Harcourt, I don't like the taste but some people do.
Maybe the brown spots could be from apple maggots.

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