Fall. Duchess x Hyslop crab. Castle Hill, Maine, about 1877. Also called Dudley and North Star.
Extremely hardy Duchess-type grown throughout northern New England and Canada for more than 100 years. Firm but tender, juicy aromatic subacid flesh for fresh eating and cooking. Medium-sized slightly flattened fruit is buttery yellow, overspread with red stripes and splashes. In appearance, less striped and more blushed than Duchess; in flavor, not quite as tart as Duchess; and, in northern areas—where it reaches its prime—Dudley will keep in the root cellar into winter.
Selected by the John Wesley Dudley family in the late 1800s. A highlight of 2017 was giving a talk at the Mapleton Historical Society, a couple of miles from the original Dudley farm. Not only was it a fun evening, but it was an honor to have several Dudley descendants in the audience.
Natural semi-dwarf. Blooms early-midseason. Z3-4. Maine Grown. (Standard: 3-6' bare-root trees)