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Dayton apple

Fruit is medium-large, full red and sweet.

USDA identification images for Dayton

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

    • 01 Oct 2016  WELLINGTON, New Zealand
      This is a very good desert apple. It has a lovely sweet slightly acidic taste. For us it is a mid-season apple (ripe in March). My tree is very vigorous and provides large crops of apples with very little attention. It is very disease resistant, and easy to grow.
    • 05 Mar 2014  IL, United States
      This is a very good early apple suitable for desert. It does not keep long(4 weeks) and harvest over about 2 weeks. It hangs very well on the tree. Taste wise it has real apple taste and is slightly acidic and is very pleasing on those hot summer days. It is very grower friendly. It is a very beautiful apple and well shaped.

    Tree register

    United States


    New Zealand

    Harvest records for this variety

    2013 season

    • 3rd week March  2013  - tree owned by Katrina in Nelson, New Zealand


    • Species: Malus domestica - Apple
    • Parentage: PRI 123249 x PRI 1235-100
    • Originates from: United States
    • Introduced: 1988
    • Developed by: PRI (Purdue Rutgers Illinois Co Op)


    • Country of origin: United States
    • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999
    • Fruit colour: Red
    • Annual cycle: Deciduous
    • Flesh colour: Cream
    • Fruit size: Average


    • Picking season: Mid
    • Keeping (of fruit): 1-2 months
    • Flavour quality: Very good
    • Flavour style (apples): Sweet/Sharp
    • Cropping: Heavy
    • Fruit persistence: Ripens over a period
    • Food uses: Eating fresh
    • Wildlife: RHS Plants for Pollinators


    • Gardening skill: Beginner
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Vigour: Vigorous
    • Bearing regularity: Regular
    • Growth habit: Upright
    • Attractive features: Attractive fruit
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile


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

    Other qualities

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

    Where to buy trees

    The following tree nurseries offer Dayton apple trees for sale:

    Where to buy fresh fruit

    The following orchards grow Dayton:

    United States


    • Cedar-Apple Rust  
      Author: Stephen Vann, University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture (FSA7538)
      Rated as resistant - control only needed under high disease pressure.

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