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Major Apple Scionwood (Spring 2024)


A traditional English cider apple, bittersweet and vintage.

This is a vigorous, attractive tree with a strong central-leader habit and a rounded crown. It is moderately susceptible to scab and black rot, and it tends to biennialism. This apple is used exclusively for hard cider; it is not suitable for fresh eating.

Major is a bittersweet, vintage-quality (suitable for a single-variety cider) cider apple. It is smallish with glossy rosy-red stripes and splashes over a greenish yellow background. Ripening early September in upstate NY, it tends to drop, and does not store well on account of the softness of its flesh. The fruit yields an aromatic, amber juice that has a long, tannic finish. (From WSU: Tannin (percent tannic acid): 0.21; Acid (percent malic acid): 0.20; pH: 4.23; SG: 1.051; oBrix 12.9.)

Major originated in Somerset, England, where it was particularly valued for providing an early start to the brewing season.

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

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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, attractive tree with a strong central-leader habit and a rounded crown. It is moderately susceptible to scab and black rot, and it tends to biennialism. This apple is used exclusively for hard cider; it is not suitable for fresh eating.

Major is a bittersweet, vintage-quality (suitable for a single-variety cider) cider apple. It is smallish with glossy rosy-red stripes and splashes over a greenish yellow background. Ripening early September in upstate NY, it tends to drop, and does not store well on account of the softness of its flesh. The fruit yields an aromatic, amber juice that has a long, tannic finish. (From WSU: Tannin (percent tannic acid): 0.21; Acid (percent malic acid): 0.20; pH: 4.23; SG: 1.051; oBrix 12.9.)

Major originated in Somerset, England, where it was particularly valued for providing an early start to the brewing season.


The Fruit

Fruit Type

Category: Apple
Subcategory: Cider, Cold-Hardy

Fruit Uses & Storage

Uses: cider
Cider classification: bittersweet
Storage duration: less than one month (approximate, depending on storage conditions)

Fruit Appearance

Skin color: red
Flesh color: off-white

Fruit Origins

Parentage: unknown
Origin: Somerset, England
Introduced in: 1880s
Introduced by:

The Environment

Calendar & Geography

USDA zones: 4 - 6
Chill hours: Not yet determined
Ripening date: Sep 01 (approximate, in New York State) 14 days before McIntosh

Diseases & Pests

Apple Scab: Susceptible
Black Rot or Blossom End Rot or Frogeye Leaf Spot: Susceptible

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 Major 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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Stembridge Cluster Apple 2024 0
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St. Edmund's Russet Apple 2024 0

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