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William's Pride Apple tree

Owner: Jim

Location:  Hallstead, PA, United States

Age:Planted in about 2010
Age of this tree:16 years
Climate at this location:USDA Zone 5b. Av. Frost Free - May 4 to Oct. 6
Tree form:Central leader (widest at bottom)
Height:Up to 6ft / 2m
Cropping:Medium crops
Growth:This tree grows fairly well here
Herbicides:Manual treatment (hoeing and weeding)
Pesticides:Chemical treatments
Local pests:Deer, Rabbits, crows

Owner's comments

It is a reliable cropper. The apples are large, red and delicious. An excellent August apple. The best of the season, in my opinion. The tree is disease free. On M27 rootstock, the tree is less than 6 feet tall, and has spreading shape. The branches are not very stout, extend horizontally from the tree, and have an almost drooping or weeping effect.

Season records for this tree

  • 2022

    Spring blossom: 9 May
    Harvest: 1st week August  20kg / 44lbs
  • 2021

    Spring blossom: 2 May
    Harvest: 2nd week August  9kg / 20lbs
  • 2020

    Spring blossom: 16 May
    Harvest: 2nd week August  9kg / 20lbs
  • 2019

    Spring blossom: 7 May
    Harvest: 3rd week August  7kg / 15lbs
  • 2018

    Spring blossom: 12 May
    Harvest: 3rd week August  9kg / 20lbs
  • 2017

    Spring blossom: 30 April
    Harvest: 3rd week August  7kg / 15lbs
    Size: 1.5m / 5.0ft high   2.0m / 6.7ft wide
    The yield would have been higher. But, lost some of the apples due to limb breakage. The branches are weak and require a lot of support when producing a moderate crop.
  • 2016

    Spring blossom: 13 May
    The deer wiped out my apple crop. Due to a late freeze, there were no apples on the wild trees in this area. So, mine were especially tempting.
  • 2015

    Spring blossom: 10 May
    Harvest: 4th week August  2kg / 4lbs
    Size: 1.5m / 5.0ft high   2.0m / 6.7ft wide
    Canker: Not present
    Scab: Not present
    Mildew: Not present
    Fireblight: Not present
    Cedar-apple rust: Not present
    Woolly aphid: Not present
    Codling moth: Not present
    Plum fruit moth: Not present
    Silverleaf: Not present
    There are very few flowers this year. One possible explanation: we had low temperatures of less than -20F this past winter. Although, my other apple trees bloomed proficiently. About two weeks before harvest, a flock of crows decimated the crop. They did not touch any other apple variety. They must have been attracted to the deep red color. The calyx end of most of the apples never closed and sealed completely. As a result, the pip pocket is enlarged and hollow.
  • 2014

    Spring blossom: 14 May
  • 2013

    Spring blossom: 9 May
    Harvest: 3rd week August  2kg / 4lbs
    Size: 1.5m / 5.0ft high   1.5m / 5.0ft wide