Russia 1826


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This specific seedling of Antonovka is my favorite apple from an orchard of over 60 heirloom varieties. The Antonovka is to Eastern Europe what Cox Orange Pippin is to England the most sought after apple in the region. When fully ripe it is great for fresh eating. Baking with Antonovka is superior since it retains high acidity. This high acidity (tart) compliments the intense sweetness. When not fully ripe it can be sour, it has to be yellow, not green for fresh eating. Also a very attractive fruit as it hangs delicately from the tree reminiscent of luminescent yellow lanterns. This also happens to grow true from seed, which means a planted seed from an Antonovka apple will produce a tree of that same variety. Disease resistant.


CCOF Certified Organic:  Our apple trees (exception noted) and few other select fruit trees and berries grown by Trees of Antiquity are USDA Organic, certified by California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF). Our growing methods restore, maintain and enhance ecological harmony by avoiding the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and genetic modification (GMO).

Growing Considerations for Antonovka
Russia 1826

USDA Zones: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Heirloom: Yes

Bloom Period: Midseason

Harvest Period: Late

Storage: 1-2 months

Uses: Cider, Cooking / Sauces, Desserts / Pies, Fresh Eating

Disease Resistance: Good

Origin Date: 1800`s

Pollination Requirement: Requires different variety with same bloom period

Years to Bear: 2-4 years

Mature Size: 12-16 ft.

Shape when Shipped: Feathered and whips (few side branching)

Rootstock: MM 111 (Semi-dwarf)

Pruning: Summer prune to maintain 8 ft.

Water Requierments: 12-15 gallons per week May through Sept.

Recommended Spacing: 12-16 ft.

Size supplied when shipped: 1/2 to 3/4 inch caliper*;  Trees range from 4-8 ft. in our field and trimmed to 4 to 5 ft. when shipped. Our young two year trees are most often feathered (side limbs).


*As noted by University of California Scientists and other qualified professionals the most successful trees often have caliper from 1/2" to 5/8" and usually establish faster than smaller and larger planting stock.

Shipping Note:  Our fruit trees and berries are delivered to you bareroot during their winter dormancy from January through May depending on USDA zone. Trees are shipped with your invoice and helpful planting directions. There is no minimum quantity required but shipping rate for an individual tree is expensive since UPS/Fed Ex charge a dimensional weight and an additional handling fee to ship a tree. You'll find it's cost effective to consider a handful of trees,vines or our helpful Tree Starter Kits.

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This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 21 May, 2013.