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Frostbite™ Apple Scionwood (Spring 2023)


An extremely cold-hardy, sweet dessert apple. Also known as MN 447.

A spreading, low-to-medium vigor tree, Frostbite™ is cold hardy to zone 3 and survived the killing winter of 1917-18 in Minnesota. Jim Luby, of the University of Minnesota writes: "We have grown it in a site in northern MN right on the border of 3a and 3b for several decades.  It has shown minimal or no injury in most winters. The limitation for it in northern MN is having a long enough season to properly mature the fruit.  Bloom is usually last week of May-first of June and we need to go to late September without a severe freeze to properly ripen the fruit." Frostbite™ is also moderately scab resistant.

The apple is on the small side, but it packs a punch. Striped maroon red over golden yellow, this little flavor bomb is juicy and intensely sweet. Tasters compare it to sugar cane and molasses, but tropical notes of pineapple are also detectable. Kids will love this one! The apple also hangs well and this is a recommended wildlife variety.

Frostbite™ was developed in 1921, but not released until 2008. Names that were considered included "Munchkin" and "Small Wonder." It is a parent of Keepsake™ and Sweet Sixteen, and a grandparent of Honeycrisp.

Volume Pricing

Premiums are included in the following prices if applicable. These prices are for regular scion. Add $1 for clean scion.

Quantity Frostbite™ Apple Scion
1 $13.00
2-5 $8.00
6-10 $7.00
11-99 $6.00
100+ $5.00

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$14.00 ea.

This is the full retail price for orders of 1 scion. You can get these scion for as low as $5.00 each – see Volume Pricing above. More about Pricing & Grading.

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Clean vs. Regular

Our clean scion is harvested from trees grown on G.16, which is extremely sensitive to viruses. These trees would not have survived if the scion contained viruses. Our clean wood has not been lab tested. Regular = may contain one of the common latent viruses; this is not usually a problem and can be used with most rootstocks.

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A spreading, low-to-medium vigor tree, Frostbite™ is cold hardy to zone 3 and survived the killing winter of 1917-18 in Minnesota. Jim Luby, of the University of Minnesota writes: "We have grown it in a site in northern MN right on the border of 3a and 3b for several decades.  It has shown minimal or no injury in most winters. The limitation for it in northern MN is having a long enough season to properly mature the fruit.  Bloom is usually last week of May-first of June and we need to go to late September without a severe freeze to properly ripen the fruit." Frostbite™ is also moderately scab resistant.

The apple is on the small side, but it packs a punch. Striped maroon red over golden yellow, this little flavor bomb is juicy and intensely sweet. Tasters compare it to sugar cane and molasses, but tropical notes of pineapple are also detectable. Kids will love this one! The apple also hangs well and this is a recommended wildlife variety.

Frostbite™ was developed in 1921, but not released until 2008. Names that were considered included "Munchkin" and "Small Wonder." It is a parent of Keepsake™ and Sweet Sixteen, and a grandparent of Honeycrisp.


The Fruit

Fruit Type

Category: Apple
Subcategory: Cold-Hardy

Fruit Uses & Storage

Uses: fresh eating
Storage duration: one to three months (approximate, depending on storage conditions)

Fruit Appearance

Skin color: red
Flesh color: cream

Fruit Origins

Parentage: open pollinated seedling of Melinda
Origin: Minnesota
Introduced in: 2008
Introduced by: University of Minnesota

The Environment

Calendar & Geography

USDA zones: 3 - 7
Chill hours: Not yet determined
Ripening date: Sep 29 (approximate, in New York State) + 14 days after McIntosh

Diseases & Pests

Apple Scab: Resistant

Pollination

Pollination Factors

Bloom group: 3
Is it self-fertile? N
Is it fertile? Y
Ploidy: Diploid

Pollination Partners

This table shows the first few results from a full search for pollenizers of Frostbite™ Apple. Please see our Pollenizer Search to run other queries and read how the application uses various factors. Also read more about fruit tree pollination.

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St. Edmund's Russet Apple 2023 0
Rubinette Apple 2023 0
Pink Lady® Cripps Pink CV. Apple 2023 0
Porter's Perfection Apple 2023 0
Florina Apple 2023 0

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