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Red Astrachan Apple tree

Owner: Pennsylvania

Location:  Montrose, PA, United States

Age:Planted in about
Rootstock:Own root -- probably self sown from a dropped apple
Soil:Edge of an escarpment where Lourdesmont runs out 
Climate at this location:Zone 5 - USDA
Tree form:Central leader (widest at bottom)
Height:Between 6ft / 2m and 15ft / 4m
Cropping:Light crops
Growth:This tree grows easily here
Local pests:Multaflora rose - a scourge

Owner's comments

Located on the slope above creek valley, nestled into several by larger Gravenstein which are "streak" apples. Nearly overlooked except for it's brilliant red apples so early in the season (first and second week of August.) The apples are plum or golf ball sized but the tree is small and choked by multaflora rose, which we will remove. The flesh is white - the reddest ones taste very sweet. This is an exciting discovery as we've not seen one of this type among the old trees in the orchard. Original Red Astrachan trees were in the front yard.

Season records for this tree

  • 2011

    Spring blossom: 15 May
    Harvest: 2nd week August
    apples very small -- about the size of plums