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Antietam Blush® Apple on G.11 (Spring 2023)


A new dessert apple bred specifically for heat tolerance and low pruning.

Antietam Blush® is an exciting new cultivar developed for the hot, wet summers of the Mid-Atlantic and for scion dwarfing. It is the first apple ever bred and released specifically for this climate. The branching architecture has been selected for easy harvest and maintenance, and the tree is precocious and productive. Early trials have suggested some fireblight resistance, tolerance to brown marmorated stink bug, but susceptibility to bitter rot.

Developed by Dr. Christopher Walsh and former graduate student Julia Harshman, this tree produces a late-season fruit that ripens three to four weeks before Pink Lady® (one of its parents). The skin is predominantly red over green-yellow, and the flesh is crisp and juicy with a zing that comes from a balance of high acid and sugar. Flavor quality will hold in normal cold storage for up to 70 days.

Harshman named the new breed "Antietam Blush," for the color of the fruit and for the orchard’s proximity to the historic Civil War battlefield. Antietam Blush® was named a 2013 invention of the year finalist from the University of Maryland’s Office of Technology Commercialization.

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Antietam Blush® is an exciting new cultivar developed for the hot, wet summers of the Mid-Atlantic and for scion dwarfing. It is the first apple ever bred and released specifically for this climate. The branching architecture has been selected for easy harvest and maintenance, and the tree is precocious and productive. Early trials have suggested some fireblight resistance, tolerance to brown marmorated stink bug, but susceptibility to bitter rot.

Developed by Dr. Christopher Walsh and former graduate student Julia Harshman, this tree produces a late-season fruit that ripens three to four weeks before Pink Lady® (one of its parents). The skin is predominantly red over green-yellow, and the flesh is crisp and juicy with a zing that comes from a balance of high acid and sugar. Flavor quality will hold in normal cold storage for up to 70 days.

Harshman named the new breed "Antietam Blush," for the color of the fruit and for the orchard’s proximity to the historic Civil War battlefield. Antietam Blush® was named a 2013 invention of the year finalist from the University of Maryland’s Office of Technology Commercialization.


The Fruit

Fruit Type

Category: Apple
Subcategory: Hot-Climate

Fruit Uses & Storage

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

Fruit Appearance

Skin color: red
Flesh color: off-white

Fruit Origins

Parentage: Pink Lady® x (McIntosh Wijcik x Gala)
Origin: Keedysville, Maryland
Introduced in: 2015
Introduced by: Dr. Christopher Walsh and Julia Harshman

The Environment

Calendar & Geography

USDA zones: 6 - 8
Chill hours: Not yet determined
Ripening date: Oct 06 (approximate, in New York State) + 21 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
Bitter Rot: Susceptible
Brown Marmorated Stink Bug: Resistant

Pollination

Pollination Factors

Bloom group: 2
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 Antietam Blush® 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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