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Initial apple

Initial is an early/mid-season disease-resistant variety from France, related to Gala.

Visitor reviews

  • 16 Mar 2019  Steven Sypkens,  MO, United States
    This tree is at the North East corner of my orchard. It has grown quickly. It is leaning and I have a plastic chair propped under a limb to keep it straight. It is 6 years old and 15 feet tall. The Japanese beetles attacked it moderately last year. Will try jalapino pepper spray this year on my trees. It has big red apples.

Tree register

New Zealand

Harvest records for this variety

2013 season

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


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Gala x Redfree
  • Originates from: France
  • Introduced: 1980
  • Developed by: Lespinasse, NRA Angers
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 2079


  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Harvest period: Early-Mid season
  • Use / keeping: 1 week


  • Cropping: Good
  • Flowering period: Mid season
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Ploidy: Triploid
  • Pollinating others: Poor
  • Vigour: Average growth
  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Precocity: Precocious
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
  • General disease resistance: Good


  • Climate suitability: Warm climates
  • Climate suitability: Temperate climates

Parents and other ancestors of this variety


  • Canker  - Some susceptibility
  • Scab  - Very resistant
  • Mildew  - Some resistance
  • Fireblight  - Very resistant


  • Woolly aphid  - Some resistance

Where to buy fresh fruit

United States

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