Winter. Thought to be a seedling of Winesap, found in Benton County, AR, before 1870, and later widely grown throughout the state and in Missouri.
Entirely deep purple with no stripes or ground color. Its conic shape and uniform color distinguishes its appearance from Black Oxford, which is considerably rounder and multi-hued. Crisp juicy firm yellowish flesh is quite tart right off the tree but mellows and sweetens in storage for better fresh eating. A nice cooking apple and said to be good in cider. Keeps all winter. A beloved apple in the South, and some growers have had success with it here in central Maine. Mid-to-late bloomer. Z5, maybe Z4. Maine Grown. (Standard: 3–6' bare-root trees)
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