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Black Gilliflower apple

Last updated 17 May 2013.

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Current rating: 3.7 out of 5. Total votes cast: 3

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25 Nov 2015 
A dry apple with very little to no juice. Becomes very dry and fibrous in storage. One apple that makes Red Delicious taste... well, delicious by comparison. Bleech.

17 Oct 2014 
I have a Sheepnose volunteer on my property. It's about 30' tall and wide. It is a prodigious produces and the apples are crisp, sweet and perfumy. I have a 2' high Sheepnose that I grew from seed in a pot so that I can take it with me when I move. When making a pie add some apple or cranberry juice to the apple mix.

03 May 2014 
I grew up on a farm in PA growing 'sheepnose' apples; They are a very sweet & delicious eating apple. They are hardy and last well. Will make good pies but tend to be a little dry for pies. Excellant apple variety!

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Very uniform in shape and size. Large, oblong, conical ribbed fruit. Dark red deepening to almost black. Greenish white flesh. Rich, mild, sweet flavor and distinctive aroma. Hangs long on the tree but must not be allowed to over ripen as flesh soon becomes dry.


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Originates from: Connecticut, United States
  • Introduced: 18th century
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1625


  • Flesh colour: White to Cream, pale yellow
  • Flesh colour: White to Greenish to Greenish Yellow
  • Fruit size: Medium
  • Fruit size: Large
  • Fruit shape: Long-conical
  • Fruit shape: Oblong-conical
  • Fruit shape: Oblong
  • Shape features (vertical view): Indented or Waisted
  • Shape features (vertical view): Lop-sided, unequal sides, irregular
  • Shape features (vertical view): Oblique - slanted
  • Shape features (vertical view): Symmetrical
  • Shape uniformity: Uniform, in size and shape
  • Russet % coverage: Medium
  • Russet % coverage: Low
  • Basin russet: Little, light russet
  • Basin russet: Usually Russet free


  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Uses: Drying
  • Flavour quality: Good
  • Flavour quality: Average
  • Flavour style: Sweet/Sharp
  • Flavour style: Aromatic
  • Flavour style: Dry / Nutty
  • Harvest period: Mid-Late season
  • Harvest period: Late season


  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer

Also known as

  • Sheepnose

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