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Melrose Apple Scionwood (Spring 2024)


A high-quality dessert apple that stores very well, the State Apple of Ohio!.

Melrose is a handsome, grower-friendly tree. It is strong, cold hardy, and very vigorous, with an upright-spreading habit. This tree is prolific, and fruit quality will suffer if it is not thinned diligently. It is moderately susceptible to fireblight, powdery mildew, and scab. West Coast growers should note that Melrose is highly susceptible to anthracnose canker.

The apple looks like a picture of an apple; it is medium sized, oblate to conic, and flushed red over a yellow-green background. The off-white flesh is firm, coarse, and juicy. In both appearance and flavor Melrose resembles its parent Jonathan - it is sweet, with pleasant, spicy notes. The most notable difference is that Melrose has a much improved storage life. It has its best flavor, in fact, after Christmas, when its aromatics are fully developed.

Melrose was developed by Dr. Freeman S. Howlett at Ohio State University. It is a cross of Red Delicious and Jonathan, selected in 1937 and released in 1944.

Volume Pricing

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

Quantity Melrose 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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Melrose is a handsome, grower-friendly tree. It is strong, cold hardy, and very vigorous, with an upright-spreading habit. This tree is prolific, and fruit quality will suffer if it is not thinned diligently. It is moderately susceptible to fireblight, powdery mildew, and scab. West Coast growers should note that Melrose is highly susceptible to anthracnose canker.

The apple looks like a picture of an apple; it is medium sized, oblate to conic, and flushed red over a yellow-green background. The off-white flesh is firm, coarse, and juicy. In both appearance and flavor Melrose resembles its parent Jonathan - it is sweet, with pleasant, spicy notes. The most notable difference is that Melrose has a much improved storage life. It has its best flavor, in fact, after Christmas, when its aromatics are fully developed.

Melrose was developed by Dr. Freeman S. Howlett at Ohio State University. It is a cross of Red Delicious and Jonathan, selected in 1937 and released in 1944.


The Fruit

Fruit Type

Category: Apple
Subcategory: Cold-Hardy, Hot-Climate

Fruit Uses & Storage

Uses: fresh eating, baking, storage, sauce
Storage duration: three plus months (approximate, depending on storage conditions)

Fruit Appearance

Skin color: red
Flesh color: off-white

Fruit Origins

Parentage: Red Delicious x Jonathan
Origin: Wooster, Ohio
Introduced in: 1944
Introduced by: Dr. Freeman S. Howlett, OAES

The Environment

Calendar & Geography

USDA zones: 4 - 8
Chill hours: 1000
Ripening date: Oct 06 (approximate, in New York State) + 21 days after McIntosh

Diseases & Pests

Anthracnose Canker and Bull's-eye Rot: Very Susceptible
Apple Scab: Susceptible
Fireblight: Susceptible
Powdery Mildew: Susceptible

Pollination

Pollination Factors

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

Pollination Partners

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