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Lobo apple

Last updated 07 Jan 2011.

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Current rating: 4.5 out of 5. Total votes cast: 13

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18 Sep 2016 
Tried this apple this week and do like it very much. It seems sweeter than the Mac which is my favorite. Goin g to make a pie to see how it turns out.

13 Jan 2015 
They have Lobos at Burnham Family Farm Market in Cobourg ON...closed now until May 1st...but when the apples are ready they have many many different varieties!!...check them out!

09 Sep 2013 
Lobo's are picking right now at Organics Family Farm in Markham

10 Oct 2012 
Lobo are so delicious! I can only get them in Quebec! Where can I purchase in Durham region?

28 Sep 2012 
These apples are grown all around here and are great tasting. They aren't my favorite, but there is no denying they are a great all around apple. Any pies I make with them are exceptional. My relatives have a Lobo apple tree growing on their property which is at least 50 years old, if not older. The apples from it are so large, they're the size of softballs.

02 Sep 2011 
Lobo have been my favorite since I was a child 45 years ago. We used to drive down to Mont. St. Hilaire in the Townships of Quebec and pick bushels of them. The best are tart/sweet and give a very satisfying crunch. They are the best apples for pie, but I still love eating them right off the tree. We grow two trees organically -- no chemicals at all, so most of the apples go back to nature, but we usually get just enough off our young trees to share the bounty.

10 Aug 2011 
Best of all apples. Tasty, juicy, good for pies and sauce. Ready in late August. One orchard that has them is in Mountain, On.

16 Nov 2010 
absolute best eating apple

21 Sep 2010 
You can get this variety at Siloam Orchards which is northeast of Toronto. I believe they also sell trees.

12 Sep 2010 
Where can I buy some of these trees ,or even seeds...?

04 Oct 2009 
I am just eating my first Lobo apple and I'm enjoying it very much. I had never heard of this variety until I saw them at the grocery store yesterday and was a little skeptical about liking them. I like them a lot - they do remind me of MacIntosh but I think I like them better. I wouldn't have thought that possible. I'll look for them more often.

19 Sep 2009 
There are orchards here in Ottawa and surrounding that have Lobo right now - they emerged just ahead of the traditional macs and are really good. Perfect size for little hands too.

11 Sep 2009 
Question: How does this apple compare with the Macoun?

11 Sep 2009 
I recently purchased a 1/2 bushel of Lobo apples from a local orchard. I'd never heard of this variety before but they are so lovely, no blemishes at all, that I decided to give them a try. My apple pies are fabulous using them. I'm making apple sauce this morning and I think it will be very good too. I highly recommend these now that I've tried them.

27 Apr 2009 
I had these as a child from my grandparents apple orchard in Salem, ON (near Colborne). They were my favourite (Grandpa only had 3 trees of them). The orchard is long gone and I have never found them again. Crisp and sweet, empire is the closest I ever found.

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A McIntosh-style apple from Canada, generally believed to be better all-round than its parent.

Lobo phototape


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: McIntosh
  • Originates from: Canada
  • Introduced: 1898
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1196
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1979-171
  • We are grateful to Brogdale Farm - home of the UK National Fruit Collection - for providing samples of this variety.


  • Bultitude apple group: 6. Red flushed, smooth, sweet


  • Flowering period: Mid season
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Ploidy: Diploid

Relationships to other varieties

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References and further reading about this variety

  • Apples of England (1948)
    Author: Taylor

Lobo identification photos from official fruit collections

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Lobo identification photos from website visitors

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Latest Spring blossom records for this variety

2011 season

  • June  2011  - tree owned by Susan in Ottawa, Canada

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Latest harvest records for this variety

2011 season

  • 3rd week August  2011  - tree owned by Susan in Ottawa, Canada

Where to buy trees

The following fruit tree nurseries offer Lobo apple trees for sale:

  • Cummins Nursery
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