Brock Apple ScionwoodThis is a twig for grafting. Fall-Winter. ME 7-492 (Golden Delicious x McIntosh) Monmouth, Maine, 1966. Bred in 1934 by the late Russ Bailey, renowned plant breeder of the University of Maine, and named for Henry Brock, the Alfred, Maine, orchardist who first popularized it.
This relatively new and unknown variety gained my admiration many years ago after its surprising popularity at a Fedco winter taste test. The very large conic fruit is yellow and mostly covered with a deep rusty-red blush. The white to cream-colored fine-grained flesh is aromatic, sweet and crisp, the perfect combination of its two parents. Featured in the exceptional book Apples for the 21st Century where author Warren Manhart calls it “similar to Golden Delicious, but with more aroma and flavor.” Small core makes it excellent for sauce; not much waste in there.
Fruits over a long period—a plus for home orchardists. Tree is vigorous and develops strong wide-angled branches, highly desirable for carrying fruit. Keeps till midwinter. Blooms midseason. Z4.
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