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Holly apple

Large outstandingly beautiful apple has the color of the holly berry. Its shape is conic, sometimes having a blockish appearance. The glossy skin is evenly blushed with pinkish to deep, solid red. The creamy white flesh is mild in flavor, juicy and quite sweet, similar to Delicious. It keeps well until January. Fruit hangs well on the tree.

USDA identification images for Holly

The identification paintings in the USDA Pomological Watercolor Collection span the years 1886 to 1942.

  • USDA watercolor image of Malus domestica: Holly

Citation: U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection. Rare and Special Collections, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD 20705.

Visitor reviews

  • 13 Oct 2011  ILLINOIS, United States
    Very good apple nicely sweet with just the right amount of tartness. I never heard of this apple before today. I bought it at Whole Foods. It has a unique flavor and will buy again.

Tree register

We don't have any registered trees for this variety yet. If you have a Holly tree you can register it here.


  • Species: Malus domestica - Apple
  • Parentage: Jonathan x Delicious
  • Originates from: United States
  • Developed by: Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center


  • Country of origin: United States

Where to buy fresh fruit

The following orchards grow Holly:


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