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Wildung

Synonyms: MN 1797. Marketed as SnowSweet.

Identification: Medium size. Wider than it is tall and tending to be flattened at the basin and cavity, often irregular in shape. The background colour is yellow green which is washed 65 to 85% with red and some bronze red flushes. Lenticels are sparse and medium size, quite noticeable. Some waxiness can develop on the skin. The stem is medium stout and short to medium in length and set in a shallow, medium wide cavity.

Characteristics: The flesh is bright white in colour, fine-grained, moderately firm. Sweet and rich in flavour with mild acidity. It resists browning when cut open.

Uses: Intended as a fresh eating apple.

Origins: Discovered by Dr. David Bedford in 1983 growing in a test plot of an orchard near Excelsior, Minnesota (USA), apparently from a cross of Sharon and Connell Red (a mutation of Fireside). The variety proved to grow true to type in subsequent testing and was introduced to the market in 2006. It may be that the seedling originated from a experimental cross of Sharon and Connell Red in 1970 by the University of Minnesota's Horticultural Research Center in Excelsior, Minnesota.

Cultivation: Moderately vigorous tree with a drooping growth habit. Bears fruit annually on both spurs and shoots. Wildung is tolerant of the subfreezing temperatures encountered every winter in its native central Minnesota and does best in cooler climates.

Ploidism: Diploid. Self sterile.

12 weeks

Cold storage: It will last up to 80 days in climate controlled storage.

Vulnerabilities: Resistant to scab.

Harvest: Ready for harvest after the middle of the fifth period.

Harvest period: 5

Hardiness Zone min: 4

Hardiness Zone max: 7

Status: dessert

Pollination group: B

Pollination day: 7