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Initial apple

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

USDA identification images for Initial

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

    • 16 Mar 2019  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 - Apple
    • Parentage: Gala x Redfree
    • Originates from: France
    • Introduced: 1980
    • Developed by: Lespinasse, NRA Angers


    • Country of origin: France


    • Keeping (of fruit): 1 week
    • Cropping: Good
    • Food uses: Eating fresh


    • Gardening skill: Average
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Pollinating others: Poor
    • Ploidy: Triploid
    • Vigour: Average vigour
    • Precocity: Precocious
    • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile


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

    Other qualities

    • Disease resistance: Good

    Where to buy fresh fruit

    The following orchards grow Initial:

    United States

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