USDA identification images for Lobo
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
- McIntosh (parent)
- 15 Sep 2022 Kim - From New ZealandI grew this apple on my lifestyle orchard here in New Zealand and found it a great apple to dehydrate, has a great flavour, and being large makes it good for this purpose. Also cooks up well, just trying to locate it again so I can graft another tree, the original got removed by the new owners, unfortunately.
- 18 Sep 2016 JodyONTARIO, CanadaTried this apple this week and do like it very much. It seems sweeter than the Mac which is my favorite. Goin g to make a pie to see how it turns out.
- 13 Jan 2015 Robbie-JayneONTARIO, CanadaThey have Lobos at Burnham Family Farm Market in Cobourg ON...closed now until May 1st...but when the apples are ready they have many many different varieties!!...check them out!
- 09 Sep 2013 DebONTARIO, CanadaLobo's are picking right now at Organics Family Farm in Markham
- 10 Oct 2012 Vanessa SosiakONTARIO, CanadaLobo are so delicious! I can only get them in Quebec! Where can I purchase in Durham region?
- 28 Sep 2012 KrisQUEBEC, CanadaThese apples are grown all around here and are great tasting. They aren't my favorite, but there is no denying they are a great all around apple. Any pies I make with them are exceptional. My relatives have a Lobo apple tree growing on their property which is at least 50 years old, if not older. The apples from it are so large, they're the size of softballs.
- 02 Sep 2011 Susan TrottONTARIO, CanadaLobo have been my favorite since I was a child 45 years ago. We used to drive down to Mont. St. Hilaire in the Townships of Quebec and pick bushels of them. The best are tart/sweet and give a very satisfying crunch. They are the best apples for pie, but I still love eating them right off the tree. We grow two trees organically -- no chemicals at all, so most of the apples go back to nature, but we usually get just enough off our young trees to share the bounty.
- 10 Aug 2011 Bob BesnerONTARIO, CanadaBest of all apples. Tasty, juicy, good for pies and sauce. Ready in late August. One orchard that has them is in Mountain, On.
- 16 Nov 2010 BruceCANADA, Canadaabsolute best eating apple
- 21 Sep 2010 ElinorONTARIO, CanadaYou can get this variety at Siloam Orchards which is northeast of Toronto. I believe they also sell trees.
- 12 Sep 2010 BobCANADA, CanadaWhere can I buy some of these trees ,or even seeds...?
- 04 Oct 2009 Pamela WileHALIFAX, NS, CanadaI am just eating my first Lobo apple and I'm enjoying it very much. I had never heard of this variety until I saw them at the grocery store yesterday and was a little skeptical about liking them. I like them a lot - they do remind me of MacIntosh but I think I like them better. I wouldn't have thought that possible. I'll look for them more often.
- 19 Sep 2009 MelanieOTTAWA, CanadaThere are orchards here in Ottawa and surrounding that have Lobo right now - they emerged just ahead of the traditional macs and are really good. Perfect size for little hands too.
- 11 Sep 2009 LudaTORONTO, ONTARIO, CanadaQuestion: How does this apple compare with the Macoun?
- 11 Sep 2009 Jennifer WoodwardROCKLAND, ONTARIO, CanadaI recently purchased a 1/2 bushel of Lobo apples from a local orchard. I'd never heard of this variety before but they are so lovely, no blemishes at all, that I decided to give them a try. My apple pies are fabulous using them. I'm making apple sauce this morning and I think it will be very good too. I highly recommend these now that I've tried them.
- 27 Apr 2009 Donna GauntBELLEVILLE, ON, CanadaI had these as a child from my grandparents apple orchard in Salem, ON (near Colborne). They were my favourite (Grandpa only had 3 trees of them). The orchard is long gone and I have never found them again. Crisp and sweet, empire is the closest I ever found.
- Joel Howie in Canton, NEW YORK
- Clifford Cain in Doncaster, SOUTH YORKSHIRE
- Nynke Zijlstra in Eastermar, FRIESLAND
Spring blossom records for this variety
Harvest records for this variety
- Species: Malus domestica - Apple
- Parentage: McIntosh
- Originates from: Canada
- Introduced: 1898
- UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1979-171
- We are grateful to Brogdale Farm - home of the UK National Fruit Collection - for providing samples of this variety.
- Annual cycle: Deciduous
- Picking period: mid-September
- Wildlife: RHS Plants for Pollinators
- Pollinating others: Average
- Ploidy: Diploid
- Bearing regularity: Regular
- Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)
Where to buy trees
The following tree nurseries offer Lobo apple trees for sale:
- Cummins Nursery
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Where to buy fresh fruit
The following orchards grow Lobo:
- Verger Belliveau Orchard, Memramcook
- Vista Bella Farm Orchard and Apiary, Malagash
- Apples of England (1948)