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Almata Apple Scionwood (Spring 2024)


A striking red-fleshed apple for landscaping and culinary use . Also known as Alma Ata.

This is a vigorous tree that has a tendency to biennialism. It is very cold hardy, has moderate disease susceptibility, and is a partial tip-bearer.

Almata's charms begin in spring, when it puts out a beautiful display of pink bloom. These flowers then produce apples whose flesh is red all the way through. This striking fruit is the result of research and breeding by Niels Hansen, who in 1897 discovered a large-fruited, intensely red-fleshed crabapple, Malus niedzwetskyana, growing wild in the mountains of Turkestan. The fruit was inedibly bitter, but Hansen imported some wood and interbred the red-fleshed trees with tastier varieties in an effort to produce a red-fleshed apple suitable for cooking and eating. Almata is one of the most successful products of this work. Although the fruit is quite tart, it is not unpalatable. The skin is red over orange-yellow and the flesh is granular, with a watermelon-like appearance. Almata makes a striking applesauce and can be used in baking. Some cider makers have used the juice to add color and acidity to their blends. The fruit does not store well.

Almata is named after the Kazakh city Almaty, which means "full of apples." (The Kazakh word for apple is alma.) Kazakhstan is currently thought to be the origin of the apple.

Volume Pricing

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Quantity Almata Apple Scion
1 $12.00
2-5 $7.00
6-10 $6.00
11-99 $5.00
100+ $4.00

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$13.00 ea.

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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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This is a vigorous tree that has a tendency to biennialism. It is very cold hardy, has moderate disease susceptibility, and is a partial tip-bearer.

Almata's charms begin in spring, when it puts out a beautiful display of pink bloom. These flowers then produce apples whose flesh is red all the way through. This striking fruit is the result of research and breeding by Niels Hansen, who in 1897 discovered a large-fruited, intensely red-fleshed crabapple, Malus niedzwetskyana, growing wild in the mountains of Turkestan. The fruit was inedibly bitter, but Hansen imported some wood and interbred the red-fleshed trees with tastier varieties in an effort to produce a red-fleshed apple suitable for cooking and eating. Almata is one of the most successful products of this work. Although the fruit is quite tart, it is not unpalatable. The skin is red over orange-yellow and the flesh is granular, with a watermelon-like appearance. Almata makes a striking applesauce and can be used in baking. Some cider makers have used the juice to add color and acidity to their blends. The fruit does not store well.

Almata is named after the Kazakh city Almaty, which means "full of apples." (The Kazakh word for apple is alma.) Kazakhstan is currently thought to be the origin of the apple.


The Fruit

Fruit Type

Category: Apple
Subcategory: Cider, Cold-Hardy, Red Flesh

Fruit Uses & Storage

Uses: fresh eating, cider, baking, jelly, sauce
Cider classification: sharp
Storage duration: less than one month (approximate, depending on storage conditions)

Fruit Appearance

Skin color: red
Flesh color: pink

Fruit Origins

Parentage: Redflesh x Experimental Hybrid (Beautiful Arcade x Fluke 38)
Origin: Brookings, South Dakota
Introduced in: 1942
Introduced by: Dr. Niels Hansen

The Environment

Calendar & Geography

USDA zones: 3 - 6
Chill hours: Not yet determined
Ripening date: Aug 25 (approximate, in New York State) 21 days before McIntosh

Diseases & Pests

Apple Scab: Susceptible
Fireblight: Susceptible
Powdery Mildew: Resistant
Woolly Apple Aphid: Resistant

Pollination

Pollination Factors

Bloom group: 1
Is it self-fertile? N
Is it fertile? Y
Ploidy: Diploid

Pollination Partners

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