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SundanceTM apple

SundanceTM is a modern disease resistant apple, which was first selected from a breeding programme in the 1960s and introduced in the early 21st century.

The following excellent article describes the origins of this apple in more detail:  Of particular interest is the pedigree diagram which shows the direct relationship with Golden Delicious, along with the more complex parentage necessary to incorporate the gene for scab resistance which occurs naturally in the crab apple Malus floribunda. This is a good illustration of the challenge facing anyone trying to develop a scab-resistant apple, in effect it is a matter of retaining the scab resistant gene whilst breeding out the other less desirable characteristics of the crab apple (small size and acidic flavor) and replacing them with better qualities from high quality apples such as Golden Delicious.

Last updated 20 May 2015.

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Visitor comments

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05 Oct 2016 
My Sundance tree is about 6 years old. It produced a small crop for the first time two years ago, no apple trees in my area produced last year and this year it is bearing 20-30 large apple despite not being thinned this spring. The trunk and branches are larger and sturdier than my other two trees of the same age. While it is not a huge producer like my pixie crunch apple tree, it is a healthy, sturdy tree with beautiful, large apples. It is October 5th and the appls seeds are brown indicating they are ripe. The apples are heavy, juicy and flavorful but a bit too thick skinned and tart for me to eat fresh. Fortunately I purchased this tree for baking and hopefully the apples will sweeten in storage like they are supposed to. Overall I am very happy with my Sundance apple tree!

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A modern disease-resistant apple with an attractive yellow blush.


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Golden Delicious plus others
  • Originates from: Indiana, United States
  • Introduced: 1964
  • Developed by: Purdue University
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1571


  • Fruit colour: Green
  • Bultitude apple group: 2. Green, smooth, sweet


  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Uses: Cooking
  • Harvest period: Late season
  • Use / keeping: 3 months or more


  • Flowering period: Mid-Late season
  • Flowering group: 4
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Average growth
  • Bearing regularity: Biennial tendency
  • General disease resistance: Good


  • Scab  - Some resistance
  • Fireblight  - Some resistance

Also known as

  • Co-op 29

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United States

Latest Spring blossom records for this variety

2015 season

  • 2nd June  2015  - tree owned by Steve in Green Bay, United States

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2015 season

  • 2nd week November  2015  - tree owned by Steve in Green Bay, United States

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