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Hubbardston Nonesuch apple

Fruit usually large with clear red skin in our climate, but color is variable. Flesh is white, moderately firm, sweet and rich.

Last updated 24 Nov 2012.

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17 Sep 2017 
Love this apple, has a very full, rich apple flavor right off of the tree, and the flavor only deepens as it develops in storage. I have always eaten mine before they softened in storage, so can't comment on how long they store.

23 Oct 2015 
Highly variable depending on where planted. Skin can be bumpy and darker in some locales, smooth and rosy in others. Sweet. Crisp when ripe but goes soft quickly.

05 Dec 2012 
I grew up in Hubbardston,MA--but even tho our bicentennial (1967) sold Nonesuch grafts for planting, I was off to the military then and never got to try any of the fruit. Finally found and got access to some(1 tree) this fall in NH while visiting my sister. Picked them @ 18 Oct and they are still (5 Dec)crisp and sweeter than originally. I was impressed with the aroma after the first bite-like a combo of fresh new apple cider and a good spiceless apple pie. Sprightly, crisp, juicy, sweet/tart and chocked full of flavor that hinted of McIntosh, Fuji, Cortland and Newtown Pippin. Mine were more on the Yellow (@ 1/2) vice Full red, and have stayed that way . Made some great pies and applesauce-and just finished eating one out of hand that was almost as crisp after a month and a half as when I picked it . It was sweeter tho and and little less aroma.

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Large, rugged fruit with red skin, highlight of gold. Flesh hard, crisp yet fine-grained. Sprightly and rich flavor, becoming sweeter when fully ripe.


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Originates from: Massachusetts, United States
  • Introduced: Before 1832
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1744
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1948-721


  • Flesh colour: White to Cream, pale yellow
  • Flesh colour: White to Greenish to Greenish Yellow
  • Fruit size: Medium
  • Fruit size: Large
  • Fruit size: Variable
  • Fruit size: Very large
  • Fruit shape: Round
  • Fruit shape: Round-conical
  • Fruit shape: Conical
  • Fruit shape: Oblong-conical
  • Fruit shape: Oblong
  • Shape features (vertical view): Lop-sided, unequal sides, irregular
  • Shape features (vertical view): Symmetrical
  • Shape features (vertical view): Tapering toward calyx end or apex
  • Shape features (vertical view): Variable, dissimilar shapes
  • Shape uniformity: Lack Uniformity in size & shape
  • Shape uniformity: Uniform in shape, Variable in size
  • Shape uniformity: Uniform in size, Variable in shape
  • Shape uniformity: Uniform, in size and shape
  • Russet % coverage: Medium
  • Russet % coverage: Low
  • Russet % coverage: Absent
  • Bloom qualities: Thin White
  • Basin russet: Concentric lines of russet
  • Basin russet: Gray to Brown Russet
  • Basin russet: Heavy russet
  • Basin russet: Little, light russet
  • Basin russet: Ochre or Green Russet
  • Basin russet: Smooth, fine Russet


  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Uses: Cooking
  • Uses: Juice
  • Uses: Drying
  • Flavour quality: Good
  • Flavour style: Sweeter
  • Flavour style: Sharper
  • Flavour style: Sweet/Sharp
  • Flavour style: Aromatic
  • Flavour style: Honeyed / Scented
  • Flavour style: Sharp / refreshing
  • Harvest period: Mid season
  • Harvest period: Mid-Late season
  • Use / keeping: 1-2 months


  • Cropping: Good
  • Flowering period: Mid-Late season
  • Flowering group: 4
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Vigour: Average growth
  • Precocity: Precocious
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
  • Fruit bearing: Tip-bearer
  • Fruit bearing: Partial tip-bearer
  • General disease resistance: Average
  • Period of origin: 1800 - 1849


  • Climate suitability: Temperate climates


  • Canker  - Some susceptibility
  • Scab  - Very resistant

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