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Summer Rambo apple

Last updated 29 May 2011.

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Current rating: 4.3 out of 5. Total votes cast: 3

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29 Jan 2017 
Summer Rambo is my favorite taste in applesauce! I gave my mom one tree that bears heavily. We devote a couple weeks in summer to making enough applesauce to last the winter. It is a true summer apple, meaning it is a softer apple off the tree and turns mushy quickly. Despite some neglect in the last few years (little pruning, no spraying, fireblight), we are still getting usable apples.

26 Sep 2015 
I too have one of Miller's Nursery 5 way trees. The Summer Rambo is great! By far my favorite on the tree. Sweet and crisp and early. I am sad when it's gone but then the Summer Rambo is a great second choice. It's fun to have one tree give me so much!!!!

24 Aug 2014 
Purchased from Heyser Farms, Colesville, Md. on July 25th. Tart with little apple flavor, these did not make a good pie. While my standard 50-55 minutes wasn't long enough for this cultivar - ten minutes more would have improved it - there's only so much one can do with a so-so apple.

08 Aug 2013 
Elijah Washington, DC "I stopped by a local orchard yesterday in an effort to secure some bins of "juice culls" this fall. They had two apples already out: Lodi and Summer Rambo. I picked up a peck of each to try. I was extremely impressed with Summer Rambo. A very well balanced apple that is tart and sweet, with a notable level of tannin. The ones I picked up were also different in appearance than is what is noted here, mine are almost completely green with only a hint of red throughout. Source: Marker-Miller Orchards

30 Apr 2013 
My great-grandmother (born 1890 in center Pa.) used to say this was the very best variety for applesauce; I planted a semi-dwarf S.R. about 10 years ago and it has borne good crops for the last 7-8 years. Large, attractive fruit also good for fresh eating

14 Feb 2013 
I purchased mine from Boyers ( this autumn. Looking forward when I can pick my own.

29 Aug 2012 
I have this veriety, Summer Rambo, in a 4way antique apple tree from Miller's Nursery in New York. This is the first year it has born fruit. It made excellent apple sauce.

05 Mar 2012 
Haven't tried this yet, but have scion wood and root stock for bench graft now. If you want to buy this cv. on dwarfing root stock, check the Where To Buy block. There is quite a list. A quick Google search brought up Boyer's and ACNursery, both offering Summer Rambo on M9 or similar.

30 Jan 2012 
i know the maker of the above comment is likely long since gone, but if somebody could point me in the direction of a dwarf summer rambo tree, I'd be very, very grateful. I loooove summer rambos, they make the best applesauce the world has ever tasted :)

30 Jun 2011 
My grandfather's family owned an orchard in Pike County Ky. with about 30 apple trees. The Summer Rambo was, by far, my favorite and the favorite of most of my family. The apples were huge and delicious. I now have a dwarf tree in my back yard, but it was only planted last year, so I haven't had any fruit from it. I had a semi-dwarf in my yard that bared every year, but the apples weren't as big as the others from Pike Co. Ky were. However, the tree uprooted and I had to have the tree removed.

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Attractive, large, brightly striped, red fruit. Breaking, crisp, exceptionally juicy flesh. Subacid, aromatic flavor.


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Originates from: France
  • Introduced: 16th century
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1932


  • Flesh colour: White to Greenish to Greenish Yellow
  • Fruit size: Medium
  • Fruit size: Large
  • Fruit size: Very large
  • Fruit shape: Flat
  • Fruit shape: Flat-round
  • Fruit shape: Round
  • Fruit shape: Oblong
  • Shape features (vertical view): Lop-sided, unequal sides, irregular
  • Shape features (vertical view): Symmetrical
  • Shape uniformity: Uniform, in size and shape
  • Russet % coverage: Low
  • Russet % coverage: Absent
  • Basin russet: Little, light russet
  • Basin russet: Usually Russet free


  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Uses: Cooking
  • Uses: Drying
  • Flavour quality: Very good
  • Flavour quality: Good
  • Flavour style: Sharper
  • Flavour style: Sweet/Sharp
  • Flavour style: Aromatic
  • Flavour style: Honeyed / Scented
  • Harvest period: Early season


  • Fruit bearing: Partial tip-bearer

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Latest Spring blossom records for this variety

2016 season

  • 23rd April  2016  - tree owned by Mike in GLEN ROCK, United States
  • 19th April  2016  - tree owned by Tomec88@Yahoo.Com in STANHOPE, United States

2015 season

  • 29th April  2015  - tree owned by Michael in GLEN ROCK, United States
  • 22nd April  2015  - tree owned by Tomec88@Yahoo.Com in STANHOPE, United States

2014 season

  • 13th May  2014  - tree owned by Tomec88@Yahoo.Com in STANHOPE, United States
  • 2nd May  2014  - tree owned by Mike in , United States

2013 season

  • 17th May  2013  - tree owned by Tomec88@Yahoo.Com in STANHOPE, United States
  • 26th April  2013  - tree owned by Mike in , United States

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      2013 season

      • 4th week August  2013  - tree owned by Gary in CHESANING, United States
      • 3rd week August  2013  - tree owned by Tomec88@Yahoo.Com in STANHOPE, United States

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