Blooming and Ripening Timing of Apple Varieties in North Carolina

HIL-302, Revised 7/93 -- Author Reviewed 10/98

M. L. Parker
Extension Horticultural Specialist
Department of Horticultural Science



(+)  AFTER RED DELICIOUS       VARIETY                  DATE

-8 Lodi Early -7 Tydeman's Red Early -7 Paulared Early -3 Ginger Gold Mid -2 Gala Early-Mid -1 Liberty Early -1 to -2 McIntosh Early-Mid -1 Cortland Mid -1 Spartan Early -1/2 Empire Early 0 Red Delicious Early-Mid Raleigh - Sept. 1 Raleigh - April 5 Asheville - Sept. 10 Asheville - April 20 0 Jonagold Early +1 Idared Early +1 Golden Delicious Mid +1-2 York Late +1-2 Mutsu (Crispin) Mid +2 Stayman Mid +2 Winesap Mid +3 Rome Beauty Late +3 Arkansas Black Early through Late +4-5 Granny Smith Very Early - Early +4-5 Fuji Mid

* Choose varieties which have overlapping bloom periods. For example, 'Gala' and 'Empire' have overlapping bloom periods, whereas 'Paula Red' and 'Fuji' do not overlap. 'Mutsu', 'Stayman', 'Jonagold', and 'Winesap' are varieties with sterile pollen, which makes them unsuitable as a pollen source. 'Golden Delicious' is a good pollinator for these mid-season varieties, but will not pollinate 'Jonagold' or 'Mutsu'. Although some apple varieties do not require a pollinizer, fruit size and fruit set will be greater if cross pollinated. It is recommended to plant at least 2 to 3 apple varieties with overlapping bloom periods for optimal fruit size and set. Varieties such as Arkansas Black or Winter Banana have extended bloom periods which make these varieties good choices as pollenizers. Flowering crab trees also can be used as a pollenizer as long as the bloom periods of the crab apple and apple variety overlap.

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North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service

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