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Harmon Apple Late Fall. J.H. Harmon intro, Buxton, ME, about 1880.

Medium-sized dark purple-black fall dessert apple typically ripens on Oct. 5 in central Maine. High-quality fruit has subtle mild sweetness, hints of grape and a light grassy aftertaste. Not very tart.

Originated just outside Portland. At a glance, you could confuse Harmon with the winter apple Black Oxford. Both are dark purple-red with almost no stripes. Note that Harmon has white or grey dots, and Black Oxford has pinkish russet and dots, especially around the stem. Harmon’s blossoms are white, while Black Oxford’s are pink.

Brought to me many years ago by Don Essman of Standish, not far from Buxton. He called it Davis Purple. We finally identified it as Harmon a few years ago. Bloom midseason. Z4-7. 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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