Nodhead Apple


Nodhead Apple

Fall-Winter. Unknown parentage. Hollis, NH, early 1800s. Also known as Jewett’s Red or Jewett’s Fine Red.

Excellent tart eating right off the tree after a few frosty nights in October and remaining excellent well into winter. Tender and juicy.

The first variety John Bunker learned 35 years ago when he moved to Palermo where they are scattered all over town. We’ve never heard a satisfactory explanation for the name, but have grown to love the flat truncate odd-shaped medium-sized deep crimson fruit—resembling Winesap—and the neat small easily managed rounded tree. Like Blue Pearmain, its possible parent, it has a heavy blue bloom.

Some years ago John received a wonderful note from Ruth King: “When I was a little girl (I’m 89 now) a Nodhead tree grew just outside our dining room. I expect it was quite frail as there were so few apples that the five of us kids squabbled as to who got the most!”

Bears a crop every year. Keeps until midwinter. Long-lived, natural semi-dwarf tree. Blooms late. Z4. Maine Grown. (Standard: 3-6' bare-root trees)

155 Nodhead
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Additional Information


All apple trees require a second variety for pollination.

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