Hardy Duchess-type still grown in homestead orchards and sometimes commercially in northern New England and Canada. Firm but tender, juicy aromatic subacid flesh for fresh eating and cooking. Medium-sized 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.
A highlight of 2017 was giving a talk at the Mapleton Historical Society, within sight of Castle Hill. 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. Maine Grown. (Standard: 3-6' bare-root trees)
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