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Enterprise apple

Enterprise is a good example of a modern apple developed specifically for disease resistance.  The parentage is complex, but includes McIntosh, Golden Delicious, and Rome Beauty - as well as the ubiquitous crab apple Malus floribunda, the source of the vital gene for scab-resistance.  It is probably closest to McIntosh in overall appearance, although this is not a "Mac" style apple and it does not have the vinous flavor associated with Macs.

The apples are a glossy red color, ripening in late October.  They can be stored for 3-6 months in a domestic fridge.  The skin is quite thick and tough.  Whilst Enterprise is good for eating fresh, it is perhaps better as a cooking apple where its tart flavor can be used to advantage.

Being easy to grow and with versatile uses, Enterprise has rapidly established itself as a popular garden apple variety.

More details about this variety are available on the joint Purdue University / Rutgers University / University of Illinois website - click here.

Last updated 09 Feb 2012.

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Current rating: 4.2 out of 5. Total votes cast: 6

Visitor comments

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16 Dec 2014 
A top U-Pick apple: great baking and storing qualities, great flavor, hangs very well, a long one-month harvest window. However, contrary to the literature, the leaves at least are not particularly resistant to the Cedar Apple Rust in our area. That said, it is one of the easiest apples to grow.

28 Sep 2014 
I ate some of these today and enjoyed the sweet flavor. The apples were large and very red.

26 Jan 2013 
I really enjoyed eating this apple. Nice balance of sweet and tart. Large apple, and thick skinned.

22 Sep 2012 
This is a great apple. I have had a semi-dwarf tree that has borne for over ten years and it never fails me. Apples look great and taste great and keep for at least six months. It has had apples when no one elses trees have had any.

05 May 2012 
I just moved to Virginia last year. The tree was here. Needed pruning bad. I lightened it substantially in February. A lot of blooms early because of the warm weather. Does anyone think this will be an early harvest. The apples are already the size of a cherry tomato Any advice? A lot of apples the tree is very mature 22 feet high 20 feet across. J.

16 Oct 2011 
My 3 year old Enterprise tree bore it's first apple this year. A single apple. I had read several reviews of Enterprise that rated it's taste as average to good with thick skin. I was pleasantly surprised. Quite tasty and fairly tangy. It was quite red, but probably could have stood on the tree a bit longer. The skin is thick, similar to Mutsu. Very firm and crunchy. Very easy to grow so far and very disease resistant although aphids seem to prefer it over other apples.

15 Feb 2011 
This is an outstanding apple! I have 1 tree that is over 10 years old and it reliably produces every year, even when all the rest of the trees have no apples (2010 summer). We don't spray or treat our trees with anything, just pruning. All other trees we have get scab except Enterprise. Apples keep until Thanksgiving and Christmas and are excellent for cooking pies. Skin gets progressively more wax in storage. They are "ok" for fresh eating, not bad, just not fantastic. Highly recommended for ease of growing and beautiful apples that keep!

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A modern American late-season disease-resistant apple with a sharp flavor and good keeping qualities.

Enterprise phototape


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Originates from: United States
  • Introduced: 1994
  • Developed by: Joint breeding programme of Indiana, Illinois, and New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Stations.
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1580


  • Fruit colour: Red
  • Flesh colour: White
  • Flesh colour: White to Cream, pale yellow
  • Fruit size: Medium
  • Fruit size: Variable


  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Uses: Cooking
  • Flavour quality: Good
  • Flavour style: Sharper
  • Harvest period: Very-Late season
  • Use / keeping: 3 months or more


  • Flowering period: Mid-Late season
  • Flowering group: 4
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Slightly large
  • Gardening skill: Very easy
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
  • General disease resistance: Good
  • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999


  • Climate suitability: Temperate climates
  • Climate suitability: Tolerates cold winters
  • Climate suitability: Warm climates

Disease resistance

  • Scab  - Very resistant
  • Fireblight  - Very resistant
  • Mildew  - Some resistance
  • Cedar apple rust  - Some resistance

Relationships to other varieties

Parents and other ancestors of this variety:

References and further reading about this variety

  • Cedar-Apple Rust  
    Author: Stephen Vann, University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture (FSA7538)
    Rated as very resistant - no control needed against CAR.

Enterprise identification photos from website visitors

Enterprise apples
Enterprise apples

Copyright: Karen


Fruit tree register

Do you have a tree of this variety in your garden or orchard? If so please register the details here and contribute to our international register of fruit trees.

The following Enterprise trees have been registered - click the name to view more details of each tree.

You can also view these trees on a map.

United States

Latest Spring blossom records for this variety

2015 season

  • 10th June  2015  - tree owned by Joyce in DACULA, United States

2014 season

  • 23rd April  2014  - tree owned by J.P.Curry in STURGEON, United States
  • 23rd April  2014  - tree owned by J.P.Curry in STURGEON, United States
  • 23rd April  2014  - tree owned by J.P.Curry in STURGEON, United States

2013 season

  • 23rd May  2013  - tree owned by Mrs. in NEWPORT, United States
  • 6th May  2013  - tree owned by Rachel in Shoreline, United States
  • 30th April  2013  - tree owned by Florian in Brush Prairie, United States
  • 20th April  2013  - tree owned by Gil in SNOHOMISH, United States

2012 season

  • 8th May  2012  - tree owned by Florian in Brush Prairie, United States
  • 25th April  2012  - tree owned by Gil in SNOHOMISH, United States
  • 25th April  2012  - tree owned by Rachel in Shoreline, United States
  • 29th March  2012  - tree owned by Janice in CANTON, United States
  • 21st March  2012  - tree owned by J.P.Curry in STURGEON, United States

2011 season

  • 26th May  2011  - tree owned by Karen in QUILCENE, United States
  • 19th May  2011  - tree owned by Ron in ORION, United States
  • May  2011  - tree owned by Rachel in Shoreline, United States

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Latest harvest records for this variety

2015 season

    2014 season

      2013 season

      • 3rd week October  2013  - tree owned by Gil in SNOHOMISH, United States
      • 2nd week October  2013  - tree owned by Mrs. in NEWPORT, United States
      • 1st week October  2013  - tree owned by Grouchybroad in KIRKSVILLE, United States

      2012 season

      • 4th week October  2012  - tree owned by Gil in SNOHOMISH, United States
      • 3rd week September  2012  - tree owned by Janice in CANTON, United States

      2011 season

      • 2nd week September  2011  - tree owned by J.P.Curry in STURGEON, United States

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