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Chieftain Apple on G.11 (Spring 2022)


A delicious cold-hardy cross of Jonathan and Delicious.

Chieftain is vigorous, cold hardy, and productive. This tree is generally disease resistant and particularly resistant to fireblight and scab. It is easy to grow and makes a great addition to the home orchard.

This lunchbox-sized apple is an attractive, deep rosy red with creamy flesh. A child of Jonathan and Delicious, Chieftain has the sweetness of Delicious balanced by the acid of Jonathan. The flesh is firm and juicy, and the fruit hangs well on the tree. Chieftain is an excellent, tasty apple for fresh eating or baking, and the kids will love it.

Developed in 1917 by Spencer Beach at Iowa State University, Chieftain was not released until 1966. Beach's goal was to create a cold-hardy apple. A statement by the Iowa State University Alumni Association reports that Chieftain gets rave reviews from students and staff all across campus. It is a superb apple that was never properly promoted in the industry.

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Chieftain is vigorous, cold hardy, and productive. This tree is generally disease resistant and particularly resistant to fireblight and scab. It is easy to grow and makes a great addition to the home orchard.

This lunchbox-sized apple is an attractive, deep rosy red with creamy flesh. A child of Jonathan and Delicious, Chieftain has the sweetness of Delicious balanced by the acid of Jonathan. The flesh is firm and juicy, and the fruit hangs well on the tree. Chieftain is an excellent, tasty apple for fresh eating or baking, and the kids will love it.

Developed in 1917 by Spencer Beach at Iowa State University, Chieftain was not released until 1966. Beach's goal was to create a cold-hardy apple. A statement by the Iowa State University Alumni Association reports that Chieftain gets rave reviews from students and staff all across campus. It is a superb apple that was never properly promoted in the industry.


The Fruit

Fruit Type

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

Fruit Uses & Storage

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

Fruit Appearance

Skin color: red
Flesh color: white

Fruit Origins

Parentage: Jonathan x Delicious
Origin: Iowa State University
Introduced in: 1966
Introduced by: Spencer Beach

The Environment

Calendar & Geography

USDA zones: 4 - 8
Chill hours: 0
Ripening date: Nov 03 (approximate, in New York State) + 49 days after McIntosh

Tree Height & Spacing

Rootstock: G.11 Rootstock
Rootstock size class: Dwarf (25% of Standard)
Tree spacing (natural spread of tree): 8'
Good for wildlife planting? N

Diseases & Pests

Fireblight: Resistant
Apple Scab: Resistant

Pollination

Pollination Factors

Bloom group: 4
Is it self-fertile? N
Is it fertile? Y
Ploidy: Diploid
Rootstock size class: Dwarf (25% of Standard)

Pollination Partners

This table shows the first few results from a full search for pollenizers of Chieftain Apple on G.11. 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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