The Winekist apple variety was introduced by Carl A Hansen, Brookings, South Dakota back in 1949. The Winekist apple tree produces a medium-sized, red fleshed apple with good flavor, though extremely tart. The Winekist apple tree and fruit display a close resemblance to the Red Vein Crab apple trees. The fruit is larger and superior flavor to the Red Vein. The Winekist apple is medium size with skin that's deep crimson with small white dots. Wonderful for cider and the red-fleshed apples make great dark-pink tart applesauce. As with most summer apples they only keep for a few weeks so eat immediately or make apple sauce or cider. Tree is naturally semi dwarf so will do well in a garden. Please see below for further insight on our heirloom apple tree Winekist and discover additional consideration for selecting the appropriate fruit trees to buy for your home and small farm.
Uses:Fresh Eating, Cider, Cooking / Sauces, Red Fleshed
Pollination Requirement:Requires different variety with same bloom period
Origin Date: Dakotas 1949
Storage:A few weeks
Rootstock:MM 111 (semi-dwarf)
Years to Bear:2-4 years
Recommended Spacing:12-16 ft.
Mature Size:12-16 ft.
Pruning:Summer prune to maintain 8 ft.
Water Requirements: 12-15 gallons per week May through Sept.
Shape when Shipped: Feathered and whips (few side branching)
Size supplied when shipped:Our trees range in height 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). The trees diameter (caliper) is often 1/2 to 3/4 inch;
*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.
Basic idea for Pruning: Most fruit trees should be pruned in frost-free periods mid to late winter. (apricots best after bud break) Remove most vertical branches and shorten side branches. Fruiting wood is best on horizontal to 45 degree limbs. Learn more...
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.