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Pollination group:


Synonyms: Whitney Crab, Whitney Number 20

Identification: Small tending to medium size, round tending to conic. Yellow base colour over which is a pattern of bright red stripes. The stem is slender, set in a medium wide and deep cavity. The calyx can be medium to large, closed and sometimes partly open, set in a wide and shallow, pleated basin.

Characteristics: The flesh is yellowish. Crisp, juicy, sweet-sharp, flavourful. Slightly astringent after-taste.

Uses: Good for baking and fresh eating. Makes a flavourful apple jelly. Also used for cider.

Origins: Grown by A.R. Whitney of Franklin Grove, Illinois (U.S.A.) during the mid-1800s as Whitney Number 20, one of three seedlings grown from among a large number of seeds taken from Siberian crabapples. First documented by Dr. John A. Warder in the 1869, Volume V edition of "Tilton's Journal of Horticulture."

Cultivation: Moderately vigorous. Upright, spreading. Starts to produce first fruit quite young on its own roots. Does best in loamy, well-drained soils.

Diseases: Susceptible to mildew. Resistant to fireblight

Ploidism: Diploid. Self fertile, but produces best crops in the proximity of a source of compatible pollen.

Notes: reddish bronze leaves.

Vulnerabilities: Resistant to fire blight. Somewhat resistant to scab, rust and mildew.

Harvest: Ready for harvest late in the third period or early in the fourth..

Brix: 12

Harvest period: 3

Type(s): Cider, Eating, Jelly

Hardiness Zone min: 3

Hardiness Zone max: 9

Flowers: Pink and white

Fruit: round yellow red stripe Ripens at the start of autumn


Associated apples:

Dakota Gold
Dakota Gold
Type: Cider, Eating, Sauce

characteristics: The flesh is cream-coloured, coarse-grained, firm and crunchy. Juicy, sweet and slightly aciditic, with hints of strawberry.

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origins: — Ingram x DeliciousÕ, J. C. Whitten at Turner Station Fruit Farm, Missouri Agriculture Experiment Station, ÔColumbiaÕ Missouri, USA, introduced, 1926