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Aldenham Purple

Synonyms: Aldenham Crabapple, Purple Crab, Rosebloom Crab

Summary: A red-fleshed apple that can be used for both culinary and decorative purposes.

Identification: Small to medium size, round. Bright red wash.

Characteristics: Red flesh. When fully ripe, it is sweet-tart and flavourful.

Uses: Can be eaten, but most often used for making a flavourful crabapple jelly. Also used as a decorative purposes.

Origins: Grown at Aldenham House in Hertfordshire (U.K.) in 1925 using a scion received from Stockholm (Sweden). One of the parents is Niedzwetzkyana which can be quite bitter and acidic and is often confused with the Aldenham Purple.

Cultivation: Grows to 20 feet, compact and round. Biennial with heavy crops, but tends to go biennial. Likes full sun, fertile, slightly acidic and well drained soil. Requires winter to bud fully. Avoid hot summers and drought conditions.

Diseases: Very susceptible to canker. Resistant to scab

Ploidism: Diploid. Self sterile.

Notes: The Niedzwetzkyana is sometimes identified as Aldenham Purple. It is, in fact, the flower parent of this variety, but has darker red flesh and develops less sugar content.

4 weeks

Cold storage: Lasts almost a month in cold storage.

Harvest: Can be picked late in the fourth period, but fruit will hang into late winter.

Harvest period: 4

Type(s): Culinary, Eating, Jelly

Hardiness Zone min: 5

Hardiness Zone max: 7

Flowers: Maroon buds open to violet pink flowers. Single and double petals.

Foliage: Young leaves are purple and mature to green with purple highlights. Autumn foliage is yellow.

Fruit: Fruit is dark red, about the size of a hazelnut. Cling to tree well into winter.


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