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Burgundy apple

Fruit is large, round, very intense pigment, almost blackish red. Solid blush without stripes. Skin is smooth and glossy. Flesh crisp, subacid, very good eating quality. Fruits hang well for 3 weeks after harvest ripe. Storage life is short, no more than a month.

Burgundy apple identification images

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USDA identification images for Burgundy

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.

    Parents and other ancestors of this variety

    Visitor reviews

    • 04 May 2021  ONTARIO, Canada
      I agree with Stacey, best apple I have ever eaten! Also very difficult to find. I tried this variety when living in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia, an area famous for growing apples in Canada. I haven’t been able to find these apples again. It had a deep, dark skin with very crisp, bright white flesh that had streaks of the dark skin colour staining the flesh as you bite. At the time I thought this should be the apple in Disney’s Snow White. Delicious!
    • 04 Oct 2018  WY, United States
      BEST APPLE I HAVE EVER EATEN... Extremely prolific fruit-bearing tree!!!
    • 18 Mar 2018  NORTH DAKOTA, United States
      Wonderful flavor and texture for fresh eating when harvested as soon as background color goes from green to creamy-yellow. Also excellent flavor for baking, lending a sort of spicy flavor to pies. Excellent for drying, with dried apples actually having a great flavor as compared to the normal blah flavor of most dried apples. Storage time is short, no more than three weeks before it starts getting too soft and losing flavor. Very productive annual fruiting.
    • 09 Jul 2014  IOWA, United States
      Burgundy is a favorite for pies at Wilson's Orchard in Iowa City. I worked in the bakery last year and people who know of Burgundy's best kept secret of fantastic tasting pies place orders for dozens to keep in their freezer and serve year-round. Burgundy is sweet-tart and won't break down completely when baking leaving small tasty surprises in your mouth. Yum!

    Tree register

    United States

    Spring blossom records for this variety

    2016 season

    • June  2016  - tree owned by B. in Searsmont, United States

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    Harvest records for this variety

    2016 season

    • 3rd week September  2016  - tree owned by B. in Searsmont, United States


    • Species: Malus domestica - Apple
    • Parentage: Monroe x (Macoun x Antonovka)
    • Originates from: Geneva, New York, United States
    • Introduced: 1970s
    • Developed by: New York State Agricultural Experiment Station
    • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1975-035


    • Country of origin: United States
    • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999
    • Fruit colour: Orange / Red
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Annual cycle: Deciduous


    • Picking season: Mid
    • Keeping (of fruit): 2-3 weeks
    • Flavour quality: Very good
    • Flavour style (apples): Sweet/Sharp
    • Discoloration of fruit: Very oxidising (browns quickly)
    • Cropping: Good
    • Fruit persistence: Ripens over a period
    • Food uses: Eating fresh
    • Food uses: Juice
    • Food uses: Hard cider
    • Picking period: mid-September
    • Wildlife: RHS Plants for Pollinators


    • Gardening skill: Average
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Pollinating others: Good
    • Ploidy: Diploid
    • Vigour: Vigorous
    • Bearing regularity: Regular
    • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile


    • Climate suitability: Temperate climates
    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)
    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)

    Other qualities

    • Disease resistance: Poor
    • Scab (Apple and Pear): Some susceptibility
    • Powdery mildew: Some susceptibility
    • Cedar apple rust: Some susceptibility
    • Fire blight: Very susceptible

    Where to buy trees

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    Where to buy fresh fruit

    The following orchards grow Burgundy:

    United States



    • 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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