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Poorfarm Pleasure Apple Fall. Probably Cumberland County, ME, before 1900.

Very large distinctly conical fruit with a blossom end that resembles the nipple on a lemon. The apple is mostly a light buttery yellow, decorated with a few short brilliant-red stripes and sometimes a bit of red wash. The overall look leans heavily toward yellow.

Flavor is fairly mild with some bitterness. It cooks quickly into a fine creamy light pink slightly tart sauce. Could also be an excellent addition to fermented cider. Use them up by mid-late October.

Introduced to us by Portland-area fruit-explorer Bruce McVicar who took me to the enormous tree at an old estate not more than 100 yards from Casco Bay in early October 2014. We’ve never seen anything like it. You haven’t either. Our provisional name is Poorfarm Pleasure. Thanks to Bruce and to the Robbins family for allowing us to take scionwood.

Uncertain bloom time. Z4-7. Maine Grown. (3-6' trees)

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Additional Information

Apples

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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