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Flavor goes from tart to sweeter in a vary short timeframe, which makes this apple hard to judge its true ripeness.
USDA identification images for Chehalis
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.
- 08 Oct 2019 Rochelle StanfordWA, United StatesWe have a Chehalis apple tree on property purchased in 2016. The tree is at least that old and still has a tag on it. It produced a couple of small apples in 2017 and 2018 until this year, when it produced 4 large apples. I just ate the first one. It tasted like a ripe Bartlett pear - sweet with just a bit of tartness. It was softer than I prefer, so I have rated it very good rather than excellent.
- 12 Sep 2019 Brandon BoydWA, United StatesThis apple is always reliable in my orchard. Yes it can be a tart apple if you pull or twist them off the tree. However here we are in September and I go out and just lift my apples, if they pop in you hand their pretty much ready. Just a simple lift of the apple seems to do the trick. They can be sweet when caught at the right time. Pretty much a meal of an apple when ready. I grafted this tree form scion wood from Raintree nursery to semi dwarf crab apple rootstock.
- 28 Sep 2017 AndrewBRITISH COLUMBIA, CanadaNot tart at all. In fact crisp and slightly sweet, don't recall a better tasting apple. Perhaps due to being very fresh: just picked it off my young tree thinking I had left it too late (late Sept). But apparently not for southern Vancouver island and a partial sun location.
- 10 May 2017 JudyWASHINGTON, United StatesI would like to know what varieties are the pollinator for Chehalis apple.
- 05 Mar 2013 David King/Aunnitta WhiteWASHINGTON, United StatesIn 1995 we bought some property that was and old Dairy.On this propertyit had 13 trees ,there is 2 Chehalis Apple trees. We have had alot of apples every.They do make great pies and great for eating. These trees are at least 60 years old.We do have clay soil. We do our one pruning and care. We were hoping to find some where to get some new young trees.these are so old that they do have hollow spots. Are there any new trees available? Thank you.
- 17 Sep 2012 Denise DaversoWASHINGTON, United StatesMy Chehalis apple tree is about ten years old. It slowly gave a few more apples every year, and this year I had a great crop of big, juicy apples. I am still trying to figure out when to pick, but I think I got it right this year. The fruit has a nice tartness the first few days after picking, and develops more sweetness, but after 5 days the flesh starts to get soft. Great for pies when fresh, and later for applesauce, no sugar needed. I used some fruit tree fertilizer spikes in the spring, but don't do anything else to the tree except water it. Almost all 40 or so pounds were clean & pretty. I live in a low lying area near a lake, ground is quite wet in winter. I love my Chehalis apple tree.
- 05 Sep 2012 Robert NilesWASHINGTON, United StatesThe following link had interesting reading on the Chehalis. It mentions that there is no blushing ...but mine is blushing ...growing a young tree with only one apple on it this year. The link mentions it is slow to fruit ..but being the second year, I removed a lot of starts after the bloom. It's the 5th of Sept, 2012 ..haven't picked my lone apple yet ...trying to figure out the best time ..which looks to be soon. http://ir.library.oregonstate.edu/xmlui/bitstream/handle/1957/14209/ec1334.pdf?sequence=1 They mention picking BEFORE the fruit turns completely yellow.
- 29 Aug 2011 Craig MurdockWA., United StatesI like the chehalis, it can be tart if you pick too soon. I tried one today, 8 28 2011. very good, but 2 more weeks and they will be sweet. great apple pie stuff.
- 23 Jul 2011 Don EdenWA, United StatesI would agree with Cris's assessment - while I have not personally tasted the Chehalis apple, I have a first hand report and have read many other reports that it is rather tart. Apparently, nurseries are advertising it as "sweet," while at the same time using a cut and paste to get and print their description of the apple - thus perpetuating what has become a myth. Two other misnomers are that the Chehalis apple was discovered as a chance seedling in 1957, while the best information I have is that it was discovered as a chance seedling in 1937, and that the variety is highly resistant to scab, which I believe to be a sales exaggeration. There are two write-ups on the Chehalis apple - one in the Journal of the American Pomological Society: Volume 21 Number 1 Article 7 Year 1967 Month 1 Title: The Chehalis Apple Author: C.D. Schwartze to which I have no access, and another in Apple Cultivars of South Sound, Robert A. Norton and Jacqueline King, (http://whatcom.wsu.edu/mgtemp/classes/home_orchards/eb1436.pdf) Which describes the Chehalis apple as "mild subacid," and agreeing with Chris that it doesn't last long on the tree. Incidentally, Norton and King's publication contains an excellent section on terms for properly describing an apple. Chris, thank you very much for your comments and advice on handling mildew in your area.
- 21 Jul 2011 Cris ShermanWA, United StatesChehalis is sweet? I have made apple pie and cider with this apple. On a good year, one apple can be a meal. But sweet? I have found it to be quite tart. Maybe it's my soil, but I have some doubts about that. This apple was grown in an area about sixty miles north from my location. They entire orchard was chopped down five years later due to mildew problems. I spent twenty years trying to solve this problem with my tree and I have finally had success. I would recommend this tree for an area that is not too damp and wet. But it can be grown in a wetter climate such as mine as long as you treat the tree with a mildew preventative just after the blossoms have set. If you want the tree to remain organic, try using the formula in "The Apple Grower." I think they use hydrogen peroxide. Personally, I have had success with "Immunox." I have a good crop almost every single year since I have started using this product. Harvest quickly! This apple does not stick around very long.
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Spring blossom records for this variety
- 10th May 2022 - tree owned by Jim in Hallstead, United States
- 4th May 2021 - tree owned by Jim in Hallstead, United States
- 18th May 2020 - tree owned by Jim in Hallstead, United States
- 6th May 2019 - tree owned by Jim in Hallstead, United States
- 15th May 2018 - tree owned by Jim in Hallstead, United States
- 3rd May 2017 - tree owned by Jim in Hallstead, United States
- 10th May 2015 - tree owned by Jim in Hallstead, United States
- 15th May 2014 - tree owned by Jim in Hallstead, United States
- 30th April 2013 - tree owned by Florian in Brush Prairie, United States
- 25th April 2013 - tree owned by Cody in Rochester, United States
- 9th May 2012 - tree owned by James in Estacada, United States
- 7th May 2012 - tree owned by Florian in Brush Prairie, United States
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Harvest records for this variety
- 4th week September 2022 - tree owned by Jim in Hallstead, United States
- 4th week September 2021 - tree owned by Jim in Hallstead, United States
- 4th week September 2019 - tree owned by Jim in Hallstead, United States
- 2nd week August 2019 - tree owned by Jon in Shaw Island, United States
- 4th week September 2018 - tree owned by Jim in Hallstead, United States
- 4th week July 2018 - tree owned by Jon in Shaw Island, United States
- 4th week September 2017 - tree owned by Jim in Hallstead, United States
- 1st week August 2017 - tree owned by Jon in Shaw Island, United States
- 4th week July 2016 - tree owned by Jon in Shaw Island, United States
- 4th week September 2015 - tree owned by Jim in Hallstead, United States
- 3rd week August 2015 - tree owned by Andrew in London, United Kingdom
- 1st week August 2015 - tree owned by Jon in Shaw Island, United States
- 1st week August 2014 - tree owned by Jon in Shaw Island, United States
- 3rd week September 2013 - tree owned by Eric in Seabeck, United States
- 2nd week September 2013 - tree owned by Cody in Rochester, United States
- 4th week July 2013 - tree owned by Jon in Shaw Island, United States
- Species: Malus domestica - Apple
- Parentage: Probably a Golden Delicious Seedling
- Originates from: Near the Chehalis river, Oakville, WA, United States
- Introduced: 1955
- UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1974-051
- Country of origin: United States
- Period of origin: 1900 - 1949
- Fruit colour: Yellow
- Flower colour: White
- Leaf colour: Green
- Flowering duration: Average (2-3 weeks)
- Fruit size: Average
- Fruit size: Large
- Fruit shape: Conical
- Picking season: Mid
- Flavour quality: Good
- Flavour style (apples): Sweeter
- Cropping: Good
- Food uses: Eating fresh
- Food uses: Culinary
- Food uses: Juice
- Food uses: Drying
- Flavour style (apples): Honeyed
- Gardening skill: Beginner
- Flowering group: 3
- Pollinating others: Average
- Ploidy: Diploid
- Vigour: Average vigour
- Bearing regularity: Regular
- Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
- Self-fertility: Self-fertile
- Disease resistance: Good
- Scab (Apple and Pear): Some resistance
- Powdery mildew: Some resistance
Where to buy fresh fruit
The following orchards grow Chehalis:
- Haury Farms, Salem
- Muscle and Arm Farm, Freeland
- Skipley Farm, Snohomish *** Feature Orchard ***
- Cattleana Ranch, Poygan Township/Omro
- Dragonfly Farm, Salt Spring Island
- Salt Spring Apple Company, Salt Spring Island
- Starry Night Meadows Farm, Mayne Island