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Wealthy apple

Last updated 17 Nov 2012.

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Current rating: 4.0 out of 5. Total votes cast: 7
 

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19 Sep 2013 
I became officially acquainted with the Wealthy apple yesterday when a friend offered me some apples from her tree. I asked what kind they were and she said she had heard they were called Wealthy apples. I googled it and found the history. We live in a pioneer community in the mountains of Utah and I am sure this is the only apple that would do well here. There are many old trees around the town and many of the apples go to waste because people don't realize how good they are. I baked an apple crisp last night and it was wonderful. I plan to get one of these trees for planting next spring.


18 Jul 2013 
I have just recently planted a wealthy apple tree in my front yard. I got it at the local Home Depot. I was looking to replace the braeburn sapling I planted last year, that the rabbits got at. I have started to do a little research and am very hopeful this little tree will survive. It is a sapling, but has one little apple on it already. I plan to protect it from the rabbits this winter. I can't wait to eat my first apple and bake my first apple pie from my very own apple tree!


01 Oct 2012 
I grew up with a whole orchard of Wealthies that my grandfather planted on his farm, and have made sauce (that gorgeous cherry-pink sauce!) and pies (those delectable tart-sweet pies that need only a smidgin of cinnamon as spice) all my life. More and more I hear that growers have never heard of them, a heartbreaking state of affairs, and I dare not even visit the old farm any more, suspecting that its new owner has cut the old trees down as she's eliminated all other traces of how it used to be. Can't we revive this wonderful apple in these decadent days? It's hard lines to have to drive to New England from PA to find them......


06 Feb 2012 
On our family's ranch, near where the old homestead cabin stood, is an old apple tree, believed to have come by train with my great-grandfather in 1890. The variety was, to us, a mystery until 2004. We called them "canyon apples" because it was in the canyon below our farm. We liked the apples, but LOVED the applesauce and apple pies made from them. We had the tree identified through a program at Washington State University in 2004, as a Wealthy. The tree is now over half dead and still produces few to many apples, depending on the year. We are now pursuing the opportunity to have a graft taken from it, so that we can pass on the variety to family members for years to come


20 Dec 2011 
A small tree was planted in our back yard by my dad, probably around 1958 or 1959. He bought it, though in ignorance of it's greatness, from a local nursery. The tree never grew large, but was very productive of the best apples I ever tasted. Sweet-tart, green burnished with a blush of red, popping with juice after an audible CRACK when bit. We could never get enough of them. Mostly, we ate them raw, right off the ground or tree. Once, a swarm of honey bees weighed down a branch, presumably with a queen at the center. The bees stayed put while we called a wood-shop teacher at our local high school, who was also a bee-keeper. He came over in his special "suit"and collected the mass of bees by holding a big box under the branch, then giving the branch one good shake. The whole swarm plopped into the box! Unfortunately, after my parents sold that house and moved, the new owner cut the tree down. We found that out when we stopped to look at our old (remodeled) house. I told the owner that the tree was a Wealthy apple, one of the finest, and asked him why he cut it down. He replied "the raccoons got all the apples anyway." :( It was clear to me he had no idea what he had done. I've never found a wealthy apple for sale in any store I've visited in the Northwest, Washington or otherwise. Still hoping, though.


20 Oct 2011 
A wonderfully tasty apple, we fight over the descriptions of its overtones: is there a lingering taste of banana or is it strawberry? Or both? It depends on the people. The taste is addictive. This apple gives its very distinctive character to the famous cider from the Pedneault orchard in L'Île -aux-Coudres in Quebec. Quite disease resistant and very cold tolerant too.


17 Oct 2011 
our best apple, very good for eating or baking, crisp and slightly tart. everyone loves them



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Excellent dessert and multi-use apple, picked a few weeks early for cooking. Beautiful fruit ripens to bright red across the surface. Crisp, juicy flesh. Refreshing, sprightly, vinous flavor.

Origins

  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Seedling of Cherry Crabapple
  • Originates from: Minnesota, United States
  • Introduced: 1860
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1977
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession number: 2000-098

Identification

  • Flesh colour: White
  • Flesh colour: Pale Pink or Red
  • Fruit size: Medium

Using

  • Harvest period: Mid season

Disease resistance

  • Scab  - Very resistant
  • Canker  - Some susceptibility
  • Cedar apple rust  - Very susceptible

Relationships to other varieties

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References and further reading about this variety

  • Cedar-Apple Rust  
    Author: Stephen Vann, University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture (FSA7538)
    Rated as highly susceptible - control always needed where CAR is prevalent.

Wealthy identification photos from official fruit collections

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Wealthy identification photos from website visitors



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Latest Spring blossom records for this variety

2014 season

  • 10th May  2014  - tree owned by DC in PONCHA SPRINGS, United States

2012 season

  • 15th May  2012  - tree owned by DC in PONCHA SPRINGS, United States

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Latest harvest records for this variety

2014 season

    2012 season

    • 1st week September  2012  - tree owned by DC in PONCHA SPRINGS, United States

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