A rare cross developed by Niels Hansen during his quest for hardy varieties for the Upper Midwest and the prairie provinces. Highly unusual tetraploid (68 chromosomes) fruit. Small 2" roundish-oblate fruit with no cavity, a long thin stem, and greasy oily smooth green skin with an occasional yellowish blush. The powerfully fragrant fruit—wet wool, bourbon, hair salon, rhubarb, strawberry or caramel—is sharp and astringent. Tastes like soap and thought to be highly nutritious! Recommended for trial by all adventurous cidermakers.
Has ornamental value with salmon-rose buds and light pink single flowers. Introduced to us by Ann Warner and Stu Cohen of Newburgh, Maine. Kola is the Sioux word for ‘friend.’ Uncertain bloom time. Z3.
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