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How identify my variety ?

Posted: Sun Mar 23, 2014 12:40 pm
by Jahnine
I am new to this website, and I have several old apple trees on my property. I wonder how i can identify what variety of apple tree I have? What is a good place to start? Thanks!

Re: How identify my variety ?

Posted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 10:53 am
by Skipley
Here in Western Washington we have fruit growing societies and clubs that have fall shows with an apple/fruit I.D. panel at most- this usual consists of elders in the societies that have a lot of experience with especially older varieties. Reference books are typically part of the I.D. practice but have their limitations. I would start by looking up your local fruit societies. If this doesn't yield a local fall fruit show for you, consider coming out to the west coast around the end of October. For the ... ruit-show/Home Orchard Society[/url], Seattle Tree Fruit Society; Western Cascade Fruit Society is the umbrella organization of many regional societies.

Re: How identify my variety ?

Posted: Sat May 03, 2014 5:45 am
by OrangePippin-Richard
In the UK you can also send samples to the National Fruit Collection for identification.

Re: How identify my variety ?

Posted: Wed Aug 13, 2014 5:50 am
by jogburn
I identified about 15 varieties in a neglected orchard through the East of England Apples and Orchard Project - they were wonderfully helpful. I did it by post, but they do attend a number of 'Apple Days' every autumn when you can take along a selection of fruit and ask the experts - they have a diary on their website

Good luck :-)


Re: How identify my variety ?

Posted: Mon Oct 13, 2014 3:14 pm
by Uncle Jaque
Does anyone know what kind of an apple this is?

We have a gnarled old apple tree growing wild on the edge of our woods near the stone wall that runs along Norris Hill Road on the border of our property. It sort of leans out towards the road under the power lines, and apparently the only reason why CMP hasn't cut it down is because they have a policy of not cutting apple trees. They have cut a number of other trees in the vicinity.

We have a few other apple trees I've discovered growing wild in our woods, but if they bear any fruit it's small, hard, green and inedible.
These are different.

They are a golden color with pink streaking and speckling around the top, a little smaller than the apples we buy at the store.
They have a wonderful, sweet, tart flavor sort of like a cross between a golden delicious and a pear. How many apples taste like a pear?

I have a feeling that these may be Grimes Golden, but not at all sure.
Do any experts out there have a clue?

There are several other old orchards around here; where can I post pictures in hopes of someone being able to take a guess at some of the more common varieties?

Re: How identify my variety ?

Posted: Fri May 01, 2020 1:41 pm
by Kellogg Hill Farms
Chances are that it is not a "variety" that's being propagated, such as Grimes golden. Its more likely a chance seedling that grew up and now shares traits of apples that you know.