Otterson Apple


Otterson Apple

Malus spp Fall. Bittersharp cider apple. Unknown parentage, entered into USDA apple germplasm repository in 1992.

Rediscovered and cultivated at Michigan State U by plant geneticist Dr. Steve van Nocker and botanist Chris Gottschalk, who have done extensive research and trials on red-fleshed apple varieties and started the Michigan PureRed breeding program. Otterson was selected as one of the best from more than a hundred varieties for its size, vigor and disease resistance, as well as its deep red juice, high in anthocyanins and antioxidants.

Medium-sized round fruit are DARK red inside and out. Cidermakers have pressed and fermented Otterson into rosé cider, winning honors at the Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition. On trial around the U.S. and growing well in our local Maine orchards. Highly ornamental purple-red foliage and pink flowers.

Early to midseason bloomer. Z4. Maine Grown. (Standard: 3-6' bare-root trees; semi-dwarf: 2½-5' bare-root trees)

211 Otterson
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211 C: on M111 semi-dwarfing stock, 1 for $38.50
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All apple trees require a second variety for pollination.

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