Harmon (aka Davis Purple) Apple ScionwoodThis is a twig for grafting. Late Fall. J.H. Harmon intro, Buxton, Maine, about 1880.
Medium-sized dark purple-black fall dessert apple typically ripens around Oct. 5 in central Maine. High-quality fruit has subtle mild sweetness, hints of grape and a light grassy aftertaste. Not very tart.
Originated just outside Portland. At a glance, you could confuse Harmon with the winter apple Black Oxford. Both are dark purple-red with almost no stripes. Note that Harmon has white or grey dots, and Black Oxford has pinkish russet and dots, especially around the stem. Harmon’s blossoms are white, while Black Oxford’s are pink.
Brought to me many years ago by Don Essman of Standish, not far from Buxton. He called it Davis Purple. We finally identified it as Harmon a few years ago. Bloom midseason. Z4-7.
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