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.
The identification paintings in the USDA Pomological Watercolor Collection span the years 1886 to 1942.
Citation: U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection. Rare and Special Collections, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD 20705.
The following tree nurseries offer Beacon apple trees for sale:
The following orchards grow Beacon:
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