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Granite Beauty
Granite Beauty
Granite Beauty Apple Winter. Unknown parentage. Zephaniah Breed intro, Weare, NH, before 1850. Also called Aunt Dorcas, Grandmother, Clothesyard Apple and maybe a few more.

Very large roundish-oblate red fruit ripens in late October and keeps well into spring. Most years, we still eat them in early May. Moderately juicy, firm but not crisp, slightly subacid, surprisingly good.

Writer and Chelsea Green editor Ben Watson of New Hampshire who is leading the effort to revive the variety loves the “cardamom, coriander, warm spice” flavor. The fruit cooks down quickly into a loose pink delicious sauce. The skins mostly dissolve. An old source adds that “it abounds in a rich, refreshing, and well flavored juice.” The story goes that Dorcas Dow yanked up a young apple tree to use as a whip on a long horse ride. When she arrived home, the little tree was still looking pretty good so she planted it. Once well known throughout New Hampshire and midcoast Maine. Probably blooms midseason. Z4-6. Maine Grown. (3-6' trees)

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Additional Information


All apple trees require a second variety for pollination, but any apple or crabapple blooming at the same time, within a quarter mile, will probably do.

Planting distance depends on the rootstock:
Plant standard trees (A) 25-30' apart.
Plant Bud 118 (B) rootstocks 20-25' apart.
Plant M111 (C) rootstocks 15-20' apart.
Plant Bud 9 (D) rootstocks 5-10' apart.

Each apple variety has a climate range where it will thrive and produce its best fruit. At the end of each apple description we list a range of zones. For example, Z3-4 signifies that this apple will reach perfection in Zones 3 and 4 and that we don’t recommend it farther south even though it would be plenty hardy. Z4-6 means that this apple will reach perfection in Zones 4, 5 or 6. Although we have received reports from southern areas that some of our rarest Maine apples are thriving, we suggest you use this guide to select apples most appropriate to your area.

Varieties bearing annually are noted; others normally bear every other year. With diligent annual pruning and thinning, most apples will produce an annual crop, one heavy, the next light.

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• Click here for our interactive chart Pick the Right Apple.
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