Originally Duchess was planted extensively wherever growers needed extreme hardiness. Fruit medium to large; color pale yellow covered with splashes and stripes of pinkish red. Excellent flavor with tart overtones. Very good for cooking. Duchess is one of the best pie apples for coldest climates.Scab resistant.
USDA Zone: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9
Pollination: Select another early season bloom apple variety such as Jonathan and/or Red Astrachan
Fruit Storage: Good
Mature Size: Medium
Ripens: Very Early
Uses: Fresh eating/ dessert, cooking (puree, applesauce, apple butter), baking
Size when shipped: 5/8 inch caliper (width around trunk)
Height prior to shipment: 4 ft.
Shape when shipped: Feathered (prominent side branching)
Certified Organic Trees are shipped bareroot during their winter dormancy from January through mid-April depending on USDA zone.