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FrostbiteTM apple

Malus domestica
One of the first varieties developed by the University of Minnesota, but only released around 2008. Previously known as MN 447. Frostbite has played an important role in the development of many other cold-hardy varieties.

USDA identification images for Frostbite

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

    Offspring of this variety

    Visitor reviews

    • 18 Oct 2017  MN, United States
      I've never tasted an apple quite like this one. The crisp tart/sweetness reminds me of a caramel apple.
    • 08 Oct 2017  TEXAS, Australia
      Sweet snacking apple

    Tree register

    United States



    Spring blossom records for this variety

    2020 season

    • 28th April  2020  - tree owned by Jerry in Point Reyes Station, United States

    2017 season

    • 4th June  2017  - tree owned by fendwick in Bemidji, United States
    • 30th May  2017  - tree owned by fendwick in Bemidji, United States

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    Harvest records for this variety

    2020 season

    • 2nd week October  2020  - tree owned by Jerry in Point Reyes Station, United States


    • Species: Malus domestica
    • Parentage: (Duchess of Oldenburg x Utter's Large Red) x unknown
    • Introduced: 1921
    • Developed by: University of Minnesota


    • Picking season: Late
    • Keeping (of fruit): 1-2 months
    • Flavor style (apples): Sweeter
    • Flavor style (apples): Aromatic
    • Food uses: Eating fresh
    • Food uses: Juice
    • Juice style: Sweeter


    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Ploidy: Diploid
    • Growth habit: Spreading / Flat-topped
    • Bearing regularity: Regular


    • Cold-hardiness: Cold-hardy
    • Cold hardiness (USDA): (4) -30F / -34C
    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)


    • Country of origin: United States
    • Period of origin: 1900 - 1949
    • Fruit size: Small
    • Fruit colour: Red - dark

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