Blake AppleFall. Also known as Windham Blake. Westbrook, Maine, before 1869.
Medium-large roundish-conic-oblate hard yellow-green all-purpose apple with a crowned basin, sometimes a faint blush, and a dab of russet around the stem. Medium-juicy, dense and quite good. Citrusy, tart, almost bitter. Keeps until just after New Year.
Mentioned in Downing’s classic The Fruits and Fruit-trees of America but practically no other references exist. We’re currently scouring Cumberland County west of Portland for specimens. This possible match comes from an ancient tree in Windham, not far from Westbrook. It fits the description quite well, but until we can make a positive ID, we’re also calling it Windham Blake. Thank you to Dan and Shannon Johnson for providing scionwood from their old tree.
Blooms early to midseason. Z4. Maine Grown. (Semi-dwarf: 2½-5' bare-root trees)
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