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William's Pride apple

Last updated 14 Nov 2015.

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Current rating: 4.4 out of 5. Total votes cast: 8

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11 Sep 2017 
I grew this in the mountains of New Mexico. I bought it because it is an early apple, and the growing season in the mountains is iffy. It was definitely a biennial, alternating really heavy and really sparse crops - although if its normal heavy year was disrupted due to weather, the next "light" year would be a bit heavier. Blossom clusters were heavy (5-7 buds), most of which would set. Between tree aborts and my pruning, I'd aim for 1-3 apples per cluster, and most ended up medium size with a few large. If I didn't prune, it would try to keep about 4 per cluster, and they'd all be pretty small, so I can see this being a problem in an orchard. As a dwarf in a home garden, it wasn't too hard to keep up with. We thought it was a lovely eating apple, sweet but not too sweet, and aromatic. The flesh usually had red blushes, which I don't see mentioned anywhere, which made it very attractive on a platter of sliced fruit. Decent for applesauce; mixed results on drying (which may have been technique as much as anything); but I agree, it was too dry for pie (also prefer tart apples for pie).

14 Jan 2016 
I have a small orchard here in coastal Northern California, cool summers, Sandy loam soil. This area is famous for growing Gravenstein apples. We have some problems here with scab otherwise apples grow quite well. I planted Williams pride which I purchased from Raintree nursery about five years ago with high hopes. Growth was quite rapid on a nicely shaped spreading tree. The tree is quite precocious with apples appearing year two. They are quite large and a beautiful deep red color, and there are lots of them. Sad to say I'm not all that crazy about the flavor. It's probably a lot to ask for real earliness and great flavor But oh well. The apples have a reasonably firm texture and lovely white flash but are quite bland. Maybe it's the temperate climate, here who knows. Any other opinions on this Apple would be appreciated. I planted it because it's early and very disease resistant, and in fact it is completely scab free.

14 Jan 2016 
I have a small orchard here in coastal Northern California, 16 trees all different varieties. Sandy loam soil cool summers, some problems with scab

23 Sep 2011 
I have grown this tree on small root stock for 10 years with great success. Usually the fruits are medium sized. This year due to our wet cold spring and early summer we had very little fruit. After a period of warm weather we just harvested apples from this tree that were double in size. They make excellent apples sauce. They were a little dry for pies. Interestingly the flavor for eating out of hand wasn't as sweet this year. This apple does not keep well for very long. It is a very well-behaved tree for a small garden area in full sun and well irrigated.

31 Aug 2011 
Got fruit on this tree first time this year, beautiful deep purple/red apples with fantastic fall apple flavor - in July.

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Fruit is medium in size and slightly conic in shape with a rich aromatic flavor. Apples are 70-80% red with excellent eating quality.


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: PRI 1018-101 x NJ 50
  • Originates from: United States
  • Introduced: 1988
  • Developed by: PRI (Purdue, Rutgers, Illinois Co Op)
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1982


  • Flesh colour: White to Cream, pale yellow
  • Fruit size: Medium
  • Fruit size: Large
  • Fruit shape: Flat-round
  • Fruit shape: Short-round-conical
  • Fruit shape: Round
  • Fruit shape: Round-conical
  • Fruit shape: Conical
  • Shape features (vertical view): Lop-sided, unequal sides, irregular
  • Shape features (vertical view): Ribs more pronounced at apex, toward basin
  • Shape uniformity: Lack Uniformity in size & shape
  • Shape uniformity: Uniform in size, Variable in shape
  • Russet % coverage: Low
  • Russet % coverage: Absent
  • Bloom qualities: Thin White
  • Basin russet: Usually Russet free


  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Uses: Drying
  • Flavour quality: Good
  • Flavour style: Sweet/Sharp
  • Flavour style: Honeyed / Scented
  • Harvest period: Early season


  • Flowering period: Early-Mid season
  • Flowering group: 2
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Pollinating others: Good
  • Vigour: Average growth
  • Bearing regularity: Biennial tendency
  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
  • General disease resistance: Good
  • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999


  • Blossom frost-resistance: Good resistance


  • Mildew  - Some resistance
  • Bitter pit  - Some resistance
  • Fireblight  - Some resistance
  • Cedar apple rust  - Some resistance

Relationships to other varieties

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References and further reading about this variety

  • Cedar-Apple Rust  
    Author: Stephen Vann, University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture (FSA7538)
    Rated as susceptible - control usually needed where CAR is prevalent.
  • PRI Hort Science  

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Latest Spring blossom records for this variety

2015 season

  • 10th April  2015  - tree owned by Gil in SNOHOMISH, United States

2014 season

  • 15th April  2014  - tree owned by Gil in SNOHOMISH, United States
  • March  2014  - tree owned by Dave in SANTA BARBARA, United States

2013 season

  • 22nd April  2013  - tree owned by Florian in Brush Prairie, United States

2012 season

  • 7th May  2012  - tree owned by Peter in BRIDGETOWN, Canada
  • 22nd April  2012  - tree owned by Florian in Brush Prairie, United States
  • 20th April  2012  - tree owned by Chuck in WORTHINGTON, United States

2010 season

  • 15th May  2010  - tree owned by David in MIDDLE LAHAVE, Canada

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Latest harvest records for this variety

2015 season

  • 3rd week July  2015  - tree owned by Gil in SNOHOMISH, United States
  • July  2015  - tree owned by Roger in MADISON HEIGHTS, United States

2014 season

  • 2nd week August  2014  - tree owned by Gil in SNOHOMISH, United States
  • June  2014  - tree owned by Dave in SANTA BARBARA, United States

2013 season

  • 1st week August  2013  - tree owned by Florian in Brush Prairie, United States
  • August  2013  - tree owned by Dave in SANTA BARBARA, United States

2012 season

  • 1st week August  2012  - tree owned by Nathan in TUALATIN, United States
  • 1st week August  2012  - tree owned by Peter in BRIDGETOWN, Canada

2010 season

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