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Opalescent Apple on G.11 (Spring 2021)


A handsome, antique variety from Michigan. Also known as Hudson's Pride of Michigan, Hastings.

This tree is vigorous, upright-spreading, productive, and hardy. It is susceptible to fireblight.

Opalescent is a very large apple; it is often compared to Twenty Ounce with the notable difference being that Opalescent is washed with a brilliant red over a yellow background. The apple is slightly ribbed and sometimes lopsided. The crimson exterior is dotted with small, prominent lenticels and tends to be waxy, and the flesh is creamy, crisp, and subacid to sweet. Tasters find floral and tropical notes, sometimes a hint of strawberries. In its day, this was considered one of the best culinary apples available. It stores well for about two months.

George Hudson in Hastings, Michigan first discovered Opalescent in the 1880s growing as a seedling near some oak stumps he was digging out. Hudson eventually submitted specimens of the apple to the USDA, and the name Hastings (after the town it was found) was chosen for the new variety. Before it was made public, however, Dayton Star Nurseries introduced the variety under the name Opalescent in 1899.

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This tree is vigorous, upright-spreading, productive, and hardy. It is susceptible to fireblight.

Opalescent is a very large apple; it is often compared to Twenty Ounce with the notable difference being that Opalescent is washed with a brilliant red over a yellow background. The apple is slightly ribbed and sometimes lopsided. The crimson exterior is dotted with small, prominent lenticels and tends to be waxy, and the flesh is creamy, crisp, and subacid to sweet. Tasters find floral and tropical notes, sometimes a hint of strawberries. In its day, this was considered one of the best culinary apples available. It stores well for about two months.

George Hudson in Hastings, Michigan first discovered Opalescent in the 1880s growing as a seedling near some oak stumps he was digging out. Hudson eventually submitted specimens of the apple to the USDA, and the name Hastings (after the town it was found) was chosen for the new variety. Before it was made public, however, Dayton Star Nurseries introduced the variety under the name Opalescent in 1899.

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The Fruit

Fruit Type

Category: Apple
Subcategory: Heirloom, Cold-Hardy

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: cream

Fruit Origins

Parentage: unknown
Origin: Michigan
Introduced in: 1899
Introduced by: Dayton Star Nursery

The Environment

Calendar & Geography

USDA zones: 4 - 7
Chill hours: 0
Ripening date: Oct 20 (approximate, in New York State) + 35 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: Susceptible

Pollination

Pollination Factors

Bloom group: 3
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 Opalescent 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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