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Rhode Island Greening Apple on G.890 (Spring 2023)


The venerable pie apple native to New England. Also known as Burlington Greening, Ganges, Jersey Greening.

As you might expect from the size of the apple and antiquity of the variety, Rhode Island Greening is both triploid and biennial tending. It will need two diploid pollenizers for full fertility, and it should be thinned well. It is slightly susceptible to scab, cedar-apple rust, and canker, and very susceptible to fireblight. Although slow to produce, this tree is (like its British counterpart Bramley) very long lived.

The large, late-season fruit is greenish yellow with prominent white and russet lenticels. The flesh is also tinged green and yellow, with the firm, chunky texture that American bakers prefer. The flavor is not complex, but it has just the right amout of zing to make an excellent pie. Although this apple does not develop good flavor in Southern climates, it does make an excellent version of one of our favorite Southern recipes: bacon-fried apples. If southern cooking is not your thing, you could try using your Rhode Island Greenings for Danish bacon-fried apples (æbleflæsk), which is the same, but Danish. This apple is also used in cider blending.

Rhode Island Greening is the oldest variety of American origin in production today. The original tree is said to have been grown in Middletown, Rhode Island by a tavern keeper called Green in the 1650s. This original tree became so popular that it died from having too many cuttings made from it.

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As you might expect from the size of the apple and antiquity of the variety, Rhode Island Greening is both triploid and biennial tending. It will need two diploid pollenizers for full fertility, and it should be thinned well. It is slightly susceptible to scab, cedar-apple rust, and canker, and very susceptible to fireblight. Although slow to produce, this tree is (like its British counterpart Bramley) very long lived.

The large, late-season fruit is greenish yellow with prominent white and russet lenticels. The flesh is also tinged green and yellow, with the firm, chunky texture that American bakers prefer. The flavor is not complex, but it has just the right amout of zing to make an excellent pie. Although this apple does not develop good flavor in Southern climates, it does make an excellent version of one of our favorite Southern recipes: bacon-fried apples. If southern cooking is not your thing, you could try using your Rhode Island Greenings for Danish bacon-fried apples (æbleflæsk), which is the same, but Danish. This apple is also used in cider blending.

Rhode Island Greening is the oldest variety of American origin in production today. The original tree is said to have been grown in Middletown, Rhode Island by a tavern keeper called Green in the 1650s. This original tree became so popular that it died from having too many cuttings made from it.


The Fruit

Fruit Type

Category: Apple
Subcategory: Heirloom

Fruit Uses & Storage

Uses: cider, baking, storage, sauce
Cider classification: sharp
Storage duration: three plus months (approximate, depending on storage conditions)

Fruit Appearance

Skin color: green
Flesh color: off-white

Fruit Origins

Parentage: unknown
Origin: Rhode Island
Introduced in: 1650s
Introduced by: Mr. Green

The Environment

Calendar & Geography

USDA zones: 5 - 7
Chill hours: Not yet determined
Ripening date: Nov 03 (approximate, in New York State) + 49 days after McIntosh

Tree Height & Spacing

Rootstock: G.890 Rootstock
Rootstock size class: Half-Standard (60% of Standard)
Tree spacing (natural spread of tree): 18'
Good for wildlife planting? N

Diseases & Pests

Fireblight: Very Susceptible
Apple Scab: Susceptible
Cedar-Apple Rust: Susceptible
Perennial Canker: Susceptible

Pollination

Pollination Factors

Bloom group: 3
Is it self-fertile? N
Is it fertile? N
Ploidy: Triploid
Rootstock size class: Half-Standard (60% of Standard)

Pollination Partners

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