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Priscilla apple


One of the earliest products of the famous collaboration between Purdue, Rutgers and Illinois universities (hence the "PRI" in the variety name) Priscilla is one of the most disease-resistant apples available.

Priscilla apple identification images

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  • Priscilla

USDA identification images for Priscilla

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

    Offspring of this variety

    Visitor reviews

    • 25 Jun 2019  TN, United States
      My Priscilla apple tree bears heavily each year. I think it is one of the best tasting early apples that can be eaten fresh off the tree.
    • 20 Aug 2012  LOUISIANA, United States
      I bought Priscilla apples this past weekend at a farmers' market in Kenner, Louisiana. The apples came from Hancock County, Mississippi. I made a cobbler with them yesterday. The fruit did very well when baked; did not break down under baking temperatures.

    Tree register

    United States


    New Zealand


    Spring blossom records for this variety

    2015 season

    • May  2015  - tree owned by Beverly in Hampton Falls, United States

    2014 season

    • 25th April  2014  - tree owned by J.P.Curry in Sturgeon, United States

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    Harvest records for this variety

    2017 season

    • 2nd week September  2017  - tree owned by Jon in Shaw Island, United States

    2015 season

    • 3rd week September  2015  - tree owned by Beverly in Hampton Falls, United States

    2009 season

    • 3rd week September  2009  - tree owned by Glenda in Gold Hill, United States
    • 3rd week September  2009  - tree owned by Glenda in Gold Hill, United States


    • Species: Malus domestica - Apple
    • Parentage: Starking Delicious x PRI 610-2
    • Originates from: Lafayette, Indiana, United States
    • Introduced: 1972
    • Developed by: PRI (Purdue, Rutgers, Illinois Co Op)
    • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1974-179


    • Country of origin: United States
    • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999
    • Fruit colour: Red
    • Flower colour: White
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Annual cycle: Deciduous


    • Picking season: Mid
    • Keeping (of fruit): 1-2 months
    • Flavour quality: Average
    • Flavour style (apples): Sharper
    • Cropping: Good
    • Fruit persistence: Ripens over a period
    • Food uses: Eating fresh
    • Picking period: early September
    • Wildlife: RHS Plants for Pollinators


    • Gardening skill: Beginner
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Pollinating others: Average
    • Ploidy: Diploid
    • Vigour: Average vigour
    • Bearing regularity: Regular
    • Growth habit: Spreading / Flat-topped
    • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
    • Organic culture: Suitable
    • 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: Good
    • Scab (Apple and Pear): Very resistant
    • Fire blight: Very resistant
    • Cedar apple rust: Very resistant
    • Powdery mildew: Some resistance
    • Canker: Some susceptibility

    Where to buy fresh fruit

    The following orchards grow Priscilla:

    United States



    • Cedar-Apple Rust  
      Author: Stephen Vann, University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture (FSA7538)
      Rated as resistant - control only needed under high disease pressure.

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