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Hubbardston Nonesuch apple

Hubbardston Nonesuch

Fruit usually large with clear red skin in our climate, but color is variable. Flesh is white, moderately firm, sweet and rich.

Hubbardston Nonesuch apple identification images

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USDA identification images for Hubbardston Nonesuch

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.

    Visitor reviews

    • 17 Sep 2017  OHIO, United States
      Love this apple, has a very full, rich apple flavor right off of the tree, and the flavor only deepens as it develops in storage. I have always eaten mine before they softened in storage, so can't comment on how long they store.
    • 23 Oct 2015  MASSACHUSETTS, United States
      Highly variable depending on where planted. Skin can be bumpy and darker in some locales, smooth and rosy in others. Sweet. Crisp when ripe but goes soft quickly.
    • 05 Dec 2012  VIRGINIA, United States
      I grew up in Hubbardston,MA--but even tho our bicentennial (1967) sold Nonesuch grafts for planting, I was off to the military then and never got to try any of the fruit. Finally found and got access to some(1 tree) this fall in NH while visiting my sister. Picked them @ 18 Oct and they are still (5 Dec)crisp and sweeter than originally. I was impressed with the aroma after the first bite-like a combo of fresh new apple cider and a good spiceless apple pie. Sprightly, crisp, juicy, sweet/tart and chocked full of flavor that hinted of McIntosh, Fuji, Cortland and Newtown Pippin. Mine were more on the Yellow (@ 1/2) vice Full red, and have stayed that way . Made some great pies and applesauce-and just finished eating one out of hand that was almost as crisp after a month and a half as when I picked it . It was sweeter tho and and little less aroma.

    Tree register

    United States


    Harvest records for this variety

    2018 season

    • 1st week September  2018  - tree owned by Samuel in Woodstock, United States

    2017 season

    • 1st week September  2017  - tree owned by Samuel in Woodstock, United States

    2015 season

    • October  2015  - tree owned by Roger in Madison Heights, United States

    2013 season

    • 1st week October  2013  - tree owned by Peter in Westford, United States
    • 3rd week September  2013  - tree owned by Gary in Chesaning, United States


    • Species: Malus domestica - Apple
    • Originates from: Massachusetts, United States
    • Introduced: Before 1832
    • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1948-721


    • Country of origin: United States
    • Period of origin: 1800 - 1849
    • Fruit colour: Orange / Red
    • Flower colour: White
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Annual cycle: Deciduous


    • Picking season: Late
    • Keeping (of fruit): 1-2 months
    • Cropping: Good
    • Food uses: Eating fresh
    • Picking period: mid-October
    • Wildlife: RHS Plants for Pollinators


    • Gardening skill: Average
    • Flowering group: 4
    • Pollinating others: Average
    • Ploidy: Diploid
    • Vigour: Average vigour
    • Precocity: Precocious
    • 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: Average
    • Scab (Apple and Pear): Very resistant
    • Canker: Some susceptibility

    Where to buy trees

    The following tree nurseries offer Hubbardston Nonesuch apple trees for sale:

    Where to buy fresh fruit

    The following orchards grow Hubbardston Nonesuch:

    United States



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