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Beacon apple


Beacon was one of the first apples released by the University of Minnesota, which has become a leading center for the development of apple varieties able to withstand extreme winter cold.  Beacon is cold-hardy down to USDA Zone 3.

It is an attractive red apple, and useful as one of the few cold-hardy early-season apples.  However the flavor is indifferent.



Visitor reviews

  • 27 Sep 2013  Dave Liezen,  WASHINGTON, United States
    Too bad Beacon seems to do poorly in the UK. I ate a bag of them grown in NE Washington state, USA, and picked fresh in September, 2013: flavor has nice sweet/tart balance with aromas of lilac and Sweet Allysum. Fascinating and delicious!
  • 01 Jan 2010  Orange Pippin,  United Kingdom
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Tree register

United States

United Kingdom

Russia

  • Ann in Manturovo, KOSTROMA OBLAST

Spring blossom records for this variety

2018 season

  • 28th May  2018  - tree owned by Steven in Skandia, United States

2017 season

  • 6th June  2017  - tree owned by Steven in Skandia, United States

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Harvest records for this variety

2018 season

  • 2nd week August  2018  - tree owned by Brooke in Madelia, United States

Origins

  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Malinda x Wealthy
  • Originates from: Minnesota, United States
  • Introduced: 1936
  • Developed by: Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station (University of Minnesota)
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1230
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1960-056

Identification

  • Fruit colour: Red

Using

  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Flavour quality: Average
  • Flavour style: Sharper
  • Harvest period: Early season
  • Use / keeping: 1 week

Growing

  • Flowering period: Mid-Late season
  • Flowering group: 4
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Slightly large
  • Gardening skill: Very easy

Climate

  • Climate suitability: Temperate climates
  • Climate suitability: Tolerates cold winters

Parents and other ancestors of this variety


Diseases

  • Fireblight  - Very susceptible
  • Cedar apple rust  - Some susceptibility


Where to buy trees

The following fruit tree nurseries offer Beacon apple trees for sale:


Where to buy fresh fruit

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References

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


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